Meaning of pardon

par•don

Pronunciation: (pär'dn), [key]
— n.
  1. 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?
    1. a release from the penalty of an offense; a remission of penalty, as by a governor.
    2. the document by which such remission is declared.
  2. forgiveness of a serious offense or offender.
  3. a papal indulgence.
—v.t.
  1. to make courteous allowance for or to excuse: Pardon me, madam.
  2. to release (a person) from liability for an offense.
  3. to remit the penalty of (an offense): The governor will not pardon your crime.
—interj.
  1. (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.)
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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