- kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance of a distraction or inconvenience: I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
- a release from the penalty of an offense; a remission of penalty, as by a governor.
- the document by which such remission is declared.
- forgiveness of a serious offense or offender.
- Obsolete. a papal indulgence.
- to make courteous allowance for or to excuse: Pardon me, madam.
- to release (a person) from liability for an offense.
- to remit the penalty of (an offense): The governor will not pardon your crime.
- (used, with rising inflection, as an elliptical form of I beg your pardon, as when asking a speaker to repeat something not clearly heard or understood.)
Origin of pardon
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Examples from the Web for pardonable
"It can't be me," she said with a pardonable disregard of English.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"I think we have won through, mademoiselle," said he, with pardonable vanity.St. Martin's Summer
Most men, meanly envious, disliked him; all men held him in pardonable distrust.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
The caprice of keeping them company for a day might be pardonable.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
"Just look at Rogue and my daughter, Sue, suh," he was wont to say with pardonable pride.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
- to excuse or forgive (a person) for (an offence, mistake, etc)to pardon someone; to pardon a fault
- forgiveness; allowance
- release from punishment for an offence
- the warrant granting such release
- a Roman Catholic indulgence
- Also: pardon me, I beg your pardon
- sorry; excuse me
- what did you say?
Word Origin and History for pardonable
mid-15c., from Old French pardonable (12c.), from pardoner (see pardon (v.)). Related: Pardonably.
mid-15c., "to forgive for offense or sin," from Old French pardoner (see pardon (n.)).
'I grant you pardon,' said Louis XV to Charolais, who, to divert himself, had just killed a man; 'but I also pardon whoever will kill you.' [Marquis de Sade, "Philosophy in the Bedroom"]
Related: Pardoned; pardoning. Pardon my French as exclamation of apology for obscene language is from 1895.
late 13c., "papal indulgence," from Old French pardon, from pardoner "to grant; forgive" (11c., Modern French pardonner), "to grant, forgive," from Vulgar Latin *perdonare "to give wholeheartedly, to remit," from Latin per- "through, thoroughly" (see per) + donare "give, present" (see donation).
Meaning "passing over an offense without punishment" is from c.1300, also in the strictly ecclesiastical sense; sense of "pardon for a civil or criminal offense; release from penalty or obligation" is from late 14c. earlier in Anglo-French. Weaker sense of "excuse for a minor fault" is attested from 1540s.