What does pardon mean?

Definitions for pardon
ˈpɑr dnpar·don

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pardon.

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.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  3. pardonverb

    To forgive.

    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.

  4. pardonverb

    To grant an official pardon for a crime; unguilt.

    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.

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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    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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  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. George Papadopoulos:

    My lawyers have applied for a pardon from the president for me, if I'm offered one I would love to accept it, of course.

  2. Harleen Singh:

    When we talk about racism and stereotypes, it's not just the ability or the freedom to vote and to become doctors and have degrees and do successful things, it's also to just be human beings who have errors, who have wants, who are contradictory. Pardon my French, but to f *** up as much as anybody else.

  3. Sunny Hostin:

    His defense, I think, is going to be, ‘Well this is a witch hunt, this is a witch hunt against me, so of course I have to try to pardon myself cause every is against me,’ and guess what? 74 million people are going to believe that because they’ve been brainwashed, Joy. I really believe that they have brainwashed by this misinformation campaign over the past four years.

  4. Jessica Levinson:

    With a pardon comes at least the veneer of an admission of guilty, in a way, I think pardoning himself and his family is almost like a taunt. It would have said ‘try to come and get me,’ and would have accelerated litigation and investigation.

  5. Saint Francis of Assisi:

    Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light Where there is sadness, joy.

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