con·done /kən-'dōn/ vt con·doned, con·don·ing [Latin condonare to give away, absolve]: to pardon or overlook voluntarily

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb absolve, accept, allow, assoil, be lenient, be merciful, be reconciled, be tolerant, bear with, blot out, clear, countenance, dismiss, disregard, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forbear, forget, forgive, free, give a reprieve, give absolution, give amnesty, grant amnesty, grant immunity, let pass, make allowance, overlook, overlook an offense, palliate, pardon, pass over, permit, recommend to pardon, refrain from punishing, release, relent, remit, reprieve, set free, show mercy, spare, tolerate, vindicate, waive punishment, yield II index bear (tolerate), concur (agree), excuse, extenuate, forgive, justify, overlook (excuse), palliate (excuse), pardon, remit (release from penalty)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To approve, albeit reluctantly; to allow undesirable behavior to continue.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To forgive, support, or overlook another person's wrong or illegal action, so that it appears the action is acceptable to the person or entity condoning it.
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt
Category: Divorce & Family Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   1) to forgive, support, and/or overlook moral or legal failures of another without protest, with the result that it appears that such breaches of moral or legal duties are acceptable. An employer may overlook an employee overcharging customers or a police officer may look the other way when a party uses violent self-help to solve a problem.
   2) to forgive the marital infidelity of one's spouse and resume marital sexual relations on the condition that the sin is not repeated.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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  • Condone — Con*done , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Condoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Condoning}.] [L. condonare, donatum, to give up, remit, forgive; con + donare to give. See {Donate}.] 1. To pardon; to forgive. [1913 Webster] A fraud which he had either concocted or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • condone — 1857, from L. condonare to give up, remit, permit, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + donare to give (see DONATION (Cf. donation)). Originally a legal term in the Matrimonial Causes Act, which made divorce a civil matter in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • condone — *excuse, forgive, pardon, remit Analogous words: disregard, overlook, forget, ignore (see NEGLECT vb): *exculpate, absolve, acquit Contrasted words: *punish, chastise, discipline, castigate, correct: condemn, denounce, censure, reprobate,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • condone — [v] make allowance for buy*, disregard, excuse, forget, forgive, give green light*, go along with, ignore, lap up*, let it come*, let it go by*, let pass*, look the other way*, nod at*, okay, overlook, pardon, pass over, remit, wink at*; concepts …   New thesaurus

  • condone — ► VERB ▪ accept or forgive (an offence or wrongdoing). DERIVATIVES condonation noun. ORIGIN Latin condonare refrain from punishing …   English terms dictionary

  • condone — [kən dōn′] vt. condoned, condoning [L condonare < com , intens. + donare, to give: see DONATION] to forgive, pardon, or overlook (an offense) condonable adj. condoner n …   English World dictionary

  • condone — verb ADVERB ▪ implicitly, tacitly VERB + CONDONE ▪ cannot ▪ We cannot condone violence of any sort. Condone is used with these nouns as the object: ↑act, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • condone — UK [kənˈdəʊn] / US [kənˈdoʊn] verb [transitive, usually in negatives] Word forms condone : present tense I/you/we/they condone he/she/it condones present participle condoning past tense condoned past participle condoned to approve of behaviour… …   English dictionary

  • condone — v. (K) I don t condone his coming late to work * * * [kən dəʊn] (K) I don t condone his coming late to work …   Combinatory dictionary

  • condone — transitive verb (condoned; condoning) Etymology: Latin condonare to absolve, from com + donare to give more at donation Date: 1805 to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless < a government …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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