- a release from the penalty of an offense; a remission of penalty, as by a governor.
- the document by which such remission is declared.
verb (used with object)
Origin of pardon
SYNONYMS FOR pardon
Examples from the Web for pardonable
We may look back on old orders of things with admiration; even with a touch of pardonable, though sentimental, regret.Westminster Sermons|Charles Kingsley
"We grow it on our own warm hills," I said, with pardonable California pride.When God Laughs and Other Stories|Jack London
I am guilty towards you, it is true; but, after all, my fault is pardonable.The Miser (L'Avare)|Molire
Counting my school-days, I can remember about a dozen personal conflicts in which I have engaged, with pardonable pleasure.Germany and the Germans|Price Collier
Of all disputes and quarrels those in writing are the least pardonable.The Letters of the Duke of Wellington to Miss J. 1834-1851|Duke of Wellington
British Dictionary definitions for pardonable
- release from punishment for an offence
- the warrant granting such release
- sorry; excuse me
- what did you say?
Derived Formspardonable, adjectivepardonably, adverbpardonless, adjective
Word Origin for pardon
Idioms and Phrases with pardonable
see beg to differ; excuse me.