- 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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Related Words for condonableprobable, acceptable, logical, admissible, valid, understandable, legitimate, reasonable, lawful, proper, defensible, allowable, plausible, justifiable, arguable, rational, permissible, tenable, excusable, fair
Examples from the Web for condonable
Historical Examples of condonable
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)
Word Origin for condone
C19: from Latin condōnāre to remit a debt, from com- (intensive) + dōnāre to donate
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