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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.
References in classic literature ?
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.
In October 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced forming a Presidential Pardon Committee, headed by political thinker Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.
Ahead of Friday's pardons, calls had risen among liberals for pardoning Han Sang-kyun, a former leader of the militant umbrella labor organization Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, as well as Lee Seok-ki, a former lawmaker of a now-defunct progressive party convicted of treason charges.
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.
As a massive hurricane is hurtling toward the southern United States, the White House is focused not on saving lives, but on pardoning a man who committed unlawful acts of racial discrimination.
If the Framers had wanted to prevent presidents from pardoning themselves, they had only to add another exception.
His outburst came after reports that he had discussed pardoning any White House aides found to have conspired with Russia to meddle in last year's presidential election.
Now again, the NBI just filed a case, but he is pardoning them).
Bush was actually the first president to formalize the turkey pardoning ceremony.
President Obama has scrupulously avoided pardoning anyone with a high public profile.
In 2013, President Obama exercised his pardoning power by granting a Chinese citizen a pardon for a "felony charge of conspiracy to defraud the Immigration and Naturalization Service.