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Definition of pardon:

  1. 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.
  2. An official warrant of remission of penalty.
  3. The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution.
  4. The state of being forgiven.
  5. To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; - applied to the offender.
  6. To give leave ( of departure) to.
  7. To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
  8. To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; - applied to offenses.

Synonyms:

rationalize, free pardon, grace, explain, excuse, forgive and forget, punishment, justify, beg off, condemnation, indulgence, let off, set free, apologise, rationalise, remission, leniency, freeing, forgiveness, amnesty.

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