• (Canada) IPA: /ˈpɑɹ.dən/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈpɑːdən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɑɹ.dn̩/


  1. Forgiveness for an offence.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa
      […] a step, that could not be taken with the least hope of ever obtaining pardon from or reconciliation with any of my friends; […]
  2. (legal) An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person's criminal record, as if it had never been committed.
    • 1974: President Gerald Ford, Proclamation 4311
      I […] have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States […]
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pardon (pardons, present participle pardoning; past and past participle pardoned)

  1. (transitive) To forgive (a person).
    • 1599: William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (play)
      O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, / That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
    • 1815: Jane Austen, Emma
      I hope you will not find he has outstepped the truth more than may be pardoned, in consideration of the motive.
  2. (transitive) To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
  3. (transitive, legal) To grant an official pardon for a crime.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      The murderer, he recalled, had been tried and sentenced to imprisonment for life, but was pardoned by a merciful governor after serving a year of his sentence.
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  1. Often used when someone does not understand what another person says.
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