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tr.v. par·doned, par·don·ing, par·dons
1. To release (a person) from punishment or disfavor for wrongdoing or a fault: a convicted criminal who was pardoned by the governor. See Synonyms at forgive.
2. To allow (an offense or fault) to pass without punishment or disfavor.
3. To make courteous allowance for; excuse: Pardon me, I'm in a hurry.
1. The act of pardoning.
2. Law
a. Exemption of a convicted person from the penalties of an offense or crime by the power of the executor of the laws.
b. An official document or warrant declaring such an exemption.
3. Allowance or forgiveness for an offense or a discourtesy: begged the host's pardon for leaving early.
4. Roman Catholic Church An indulgence.

[Middle English pardonen, from Old French pardoner, from Vulgar Latin *perdōnāre, to give wholeheartedly : Latin per-, intensive pref.; see per- + Latin dōnāre, to present, forgive (from dōnum, gift; see dō- in Indo-European roots).]

par′don·a·ble adj.
par′don·a·bly adv.
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All conspiracies and plots against the government, which have not been matured into actual treason, may be screened from punishment of every kind, by the interposition of the prerogative of pardoning. If a governor of New York, therefore, should be at the head of any such conspiracy, until the design had been ripened into actual hostility he could insure his accomplices and adherents an entire impunity.
In October 2016, President Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-GhazalyHarb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.
In his opinion, if the president acts pursuant to Article 11 of the pardoning law, he doesn't have to wait for a pardon request to be filed.
On May 24, 2018, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed an order pardoning 634 people on the occasion of the centenary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.
Roza Otunbayeva referred to the law on general principles of amnesty and pardoning, which read any convicted persons can be pardoned, including those convicted for grave state crimes, those serving life sentence, repeat offenders.
In keeping with decades-long tradition, President Donald Trump will be pardoning a turkey before Thanksgiving this year.
Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate GOP leader, stated that pardoning Manafort "would be a mistake".
Last month, he dispensed absolution for boxer Jack Johnson and pundit Dinesh D'Souza, and this past week -- before pardoning Alice Marie Johnson at the request of Kim Kardashian West -- he declared that he can even pardon himself.
The Watergate affair also led to the most famous pardon of all, President Gerald Ford's of Nixon three weeks after the resignation.<br />Plenary power<br />The possible pardoningpanoply by Trump poses problems not just for the current malaise besetting the Trump administration, but as a matter of law.<br />The president, to be sure, has broad and plenary pardoning power, vested inthe Constitution, althoughit falls short of being"complete."Article 2, section 2, clause 1 provides almost limitless authority, by its terms, for the president to issue "reprieves and pardons for offenses." This authority extends to pardons, which redact criminal convictions, to clemency,reducing ormodifying the terms of a criminal sentence.
As with his controversial pardon last year of a former Arizona county sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who had been held in contempt of court, Trump effectively thumbed his nose at the judiciary by pardoning I.
The White House, in another tweet post, had earlier asked, "Which turkey should be pardoned during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony?"
According to a statement by the ministry, the prison service sector made selections to examine the files of prisoners across the nation to determine the most suitable profiles who deserve pardoning. Ninety-three of them were given permanent pardons, while 118 were provided conditional pardons.