- to disregard or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, or the like): The government condoned the computer hacking among rival corporations.
- to give tacit approval to: By his silence, he seemed to condone their behavior.
- to pardon or forgive (an offense); excuse: His employers are willing to condone the exaggerations they uncovered in his résumé.
- to cause the condonation of; justify the pardoning of (an offense).
- Law. to forgive or act so as to imply forgiveness of (a violation of the marriage vow): His spouse condoned his infidelity from the early years of their marriage.
Origin of condone
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Her nationality—her history—furnished adequate excuse for an attitude not condonable in a European equally cultured.The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu
- to overlook or forgive (an offence)
- law (esp of a spouse) to pardon or overlook (an offence, usually adultery)
C19: from Latin condōnāre to remit a debt, from com- (intensive) + dōnāre to donate
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Word Origin and History for condonable
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