from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of condoning, especially the implied forgiveness of an offense by ignoring it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condoning of an offence
- n. The forgiveness of matrimonial infidelity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of condoning or pardoning.
- n. Forgiveness, either express or implied, by a husband of his wife or by a wife of her husband, for a breach of marital duty, as adultery, with an implied condition that the offense shall not be repeated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of condoning, or of pardoning a wrong act: as, the condonation of an offense.
- n. Specifically In law, the act or course of conduct by which a husband or a wife is held to have pardoned a matrimonial offense committed by the other, as the taking back of his wife by a husband, knowing that she has committed adultery. To have this effect, the conduct must be such as to imply intentional and voluntary remission.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pardon by treating the offender as if the offense had not occurred
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No doubt, in numberless instances, condonation is possible.
Last week's term was condonation, which is defined as:
In technical language, any such forgiveness or overlooking is called condonation, and it is a complete bar to further action for the time being.
With these judges, and not with the wife, remains the great decree which will pronounce whether "condonation" was or was not absolutely impossible, under the circumstances she pleads as her argument for liberty.
Why is such a man to be sheltered under the Lord Chancellor's term of "only a little profligate," – and "condonation" be supposed the only proper notice of his conduct?
The furthest anyone on the left will go is condonation, but only as a last resort.
Understanding, however, does not imply condonation; or else, for example, we would look at the Third Reich as an instance of cultural expression (which of course it was) and proceed to excuse the Holocaust as simply "what Germans did."
It was damned well going to be an instance of reverse racism and its alleged condonation or encouragement by a Black president, and that was that.
Barring condonation (where a matrimonial offense, which is a sufficient cause for divorce, is condoned or forgiven by the spouse aggrieved), connivance (where the adultery complained of was committed by the connivance or active consent of the petitioner) or collusion (the illegal agreement and co-operation between the petitioner and the respondent in a divorce action to obtain a judicial dissolution of the marriage), the couple was on its way to receiving a decree nisi.
Assuredly there ought to be little condonation of the foibles, and none at all of the moral obliquities, of the dead, because this would mean the demoralization of the living.