from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure. See Synonyms at forgive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).
- v. To allow, accept or permit (something).
- v. To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pardon; to forgive.
- transitive v. To pardon; to overlook the offense of; esp., to forgive for a violation of the marriage law; -- said of either the husband or the wife.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To forgive or pardon, as something wrong, especially by implication, as through some act of friendship or confidence toward the offender; overlook, as an offense or fault.
- Specifically In law, to forgive, or to act so as to imply forgiveness of (a violation of the marriage vow). See condonation, 2.
- To cause to overlook or forgive; atone for.
- Synonyms See pardon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
What I DO NOT condone is reducing the debate over an issue to the level of stupid personal attacks.
What the left does not condone is Israel’s objective of reestablishing a credible deterrent in Gaza.
What I don’t condone is the utter mismanagement that the bush admin did in afghanistan.
Brown again says that the UK doesn't "condone" torture, and that Sir Peter Gibson will investigate any complaints on the matter, and will report to Brown.
That's why a statement that Hillary does not "condone" the comment is weak tea.
It's not enough to say you do not "condone" remarks by your own official chairperson and staffer.
If the Clinton camp truly doesn't "condone" this bullshit, Shaheen should be canned.
Responding to a question about a Clinton-era policy that is coming under renewed scrutiny amid fears of future U.S. troop shortages, Pace said the Pentagon should not "condone" immoral behavior by allowing gay soldiers to serve openly.
Bernadette Sands-McKevitt has also denied involvement and said she could not "condone" the bombing.
If you mean "believe in" in the sense of "condone", then you're running up against the fallacy of appeals to Nature.