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[kuh n-dohn]
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verb (used with object), con·doned, con·don·ing.
  1. to disregard or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, or the like): The government condoned the computer hacking among rival corporations.
  2. to give tacit approval to: By his silence, he seemed to condone their behavior.
  3. to pardon or forgive (an offense); excuse: His employers are willing to condone the exaggerations they uncovered in his résumé.
  4. to cause the condonation of; justify the pardoning of (an offense).
  5. 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.
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Origin of condone

1615–25, but in general currency from its use in the British Divorce Act of 1857 (see def. 5); < Latin condōnāre to absolve, grant pardon, equivalent to con- con- + dōnāre to give; see donate
Related formscon·don·a·ble, adjectivecon·don·er, nounun·con·doned, adjectiveun·con·don·ing, adjective
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Related Words for condonable

probable, acceptable, logical, admissible, valid, understandable, legitimate, reasonable, lawful, proper, defensible, allowable, plausible, justifiable, arguable, rational, permissible, tenable, excusable, fair

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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

    Sax Rohmer

British Dictionary definitions for condonable


verb (tr)
  1. to overlook or forgive (an offence)
  2. law (esp of a spouse) to pardon or overlook (an offence, usually adultery)
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Derived Formscondonable, adjectivecondonation (ˌkɒndəʊˈneɪʃən), nouncondoner, noun

Word Origin for condone

C19: from Latin condōnāre to remit a debt, from com- (intensive) + dōnāre to donate
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Word Origin and History for condonable



1857, from Latin condonare "to give up, remit, permit," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + donare "to give" (see donation). Originally a legal term in the Matrimonial Causes Act, which made divorce a civil matter in Britain. Related: Condoned; condoning.

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