What does pardon mean?

Definitions for pardon
ˈpɑr dnpar·don

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forgiveness, pardonnoun

    the act of excusing a mistake or offense

  2. pardon, amnestynoun

    a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense

  3. amnesty, pardon, free pardonverb

    the formal act of liberating someone

  4. excuse, pardonverb

    accept an excuse for

    "Please excuse my dirty hands"

  5. pardonverb

    grant a pardon to

    "Ford pardoned Nixon"; "The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President"

Wiktionary

  1. pardonnoun

    Forgiveness for an offence.

  2. pardonnoun

    An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person's criminal record, as if it had never been committed.

  3. pardonverb

    To forgive.

  4. pardonverb

    To grant an official pardon for a crime; unguilt.

  5. Etymology: pardonen from pardoner from *, from per- + donare, a loan-translation of a word represented by *, from fir- + geban. Akin to fargeban, firgeban, forgiefan. More at forgive.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pardonnoun

    Etymology: pardon, Fr. from the verb.

    He that pleaseth great men, shall get pardon for iniquity. Ecclus. xx. 27.

    A slight pamphlet, about the elements of architecture, hath been entertained with some pardon among my friends. Henry Wotton.

    A man may be safe as to his condition, but, in the mean time, dark and doubtful as to his apprehensions; secure in his pardon, but miserable in the ignorance of it; and so passing all his days in the disconsolate, uneasy vicissitudes of hopes and fears, at length go out of the world, not knowing whither he goes. Robert South, Sermons.

    The battle done, and they within our power,
    Shall never see his pardon. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

  2. To PARDONverb

    Etymology: pardonner, French.

    When I beheld you in Cilicia,
    An enemy to Rome, I pardon’d you. Dryden.

    That thou may’st see the diff’rence of our spirit,
    I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it. William Shakespeare.

    Sir, pardon me, it is a letter from my brother. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pardonverb

    the act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution

  2. Pardonverb

    an official warrant of remission of penalty

  3. Pardonverb

    the state of being forgiven

  4. Pardonverb

    a release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amenesty, which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses

  5. Pardonverb

    to absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; -- applied to the offender

  6. Pardonverb

    to remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; -- applied to offenses

  7. Pardonverb

    to refrain from exacting as a penalty

  8. Pardonverb

    to give leave (of departure) to

Freebase

  1. Pardon

    A pardon is the forgiveness of a crime and the cancellation of the relevant penalty; it is usually granted by a head of state or by acts of a parliament or a religious authority. Clemency means the forgiveness of a crime or the cancellation of the penalty associated with it. It is a general concept that encompasses several related procedures: pardoning, commutation, remission and reprieves. Commutation or remission is the lessening of a penalty without forgiveness for the crime; the beneficiary is still considered guilty of the offense. A reprieve is the temporary postponement of punishment, often with a view to a pardon or other review of the sentence. Today, pardons are granted in many countries when individuals have demonstrated that they have fulfilled their debt to society, or are otherwise considered to be deserving. Pardons are sometimes offered to persons who are wrongfully convicted or claim they have been wrongfully convicted. Some believe accepting such a pardon implicitly constitutes an admission of guilt as a pardon does not set aside the conviction, so in some cases the offer is refused. Cases of wrongful conviction are nowadays more often dealt with by appeal than by pardon however, a pardon is sometimes offered when innocence is undisputed to avoid the costs of a retrial. Clemency plays a very important role when capital punishment is applied.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pardon

    pär′don, v.t. to forgive, said either of an offender or of a crime: to pass by without punishment or blame: to set free from punishment: to let off without doing something.—n. forgiveness, either of an offender or of his offence: remission of a penalty or punishment: a warrant declaring a pardon: a papal indulgence.—adj. Par′donable, that may be pardoned: excusable.—n. Par′donableness.—adv. Par′donably.—n. Par′doner, one who pardons: formerly, one licensed to sell papal indulgences.—p.adj. Par′doning, disposed to pardon: forgiving: exercising the right or power to pardon: conferring authority to grant pardon.—Pardon me, excuse me—used in apology and to soften a contradiction. [Fr. pardonner—Low L. perdonāre—L. per, through, away, donāre, to give.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pardon

    The gazetted amnesty or remission of penalty for deserters who return to their duty; the same as act of grace.

Editors Contribution

  1. pardon

    The act of to forgive.

    The Presidential pardon was just for these gentlemen as they were reflecting the collective at that time.


    Submitted by MaryC on December 26, 2019  

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pardon' in Written Corpus Frequency: #726

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pardon' in Nouns Frequency: #2090

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pardon in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pardon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pardon in a Sentence

  1. Alena Yarmosky:

    Matthew Rushin was sentenced for 50 years, despite sentencing guidelines that call for a sentence of 2 years 7 months up to 6 years 4 months, governor Northam conditional pardon aligns Mr. Rushin's sentence with these sentencing guidelines.

  2. John McCain:

    The president has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.

  3. Joe Trippi:

    And if we learned anything from 2016, earned media is really valuable and can pardon the pun trump the paid media.

  4. Kristian Saucier:

    With a pardon there’s no magic wand that that gets waved and makes everything right.

  5. Andrew McCarthy:

    I don't believe Cuomo would pardon himself, because the groping crime he’s under investigation for in the Commisso complaint is (a) considered a misdemeanor and not very serious (i.e., it’s not considered felony sexual assault), and (b) he has vigorously denied the allegation and a pardon would be tantamount to a confession of guilt.

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