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  • adj. Capable of being pardoned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Admitting of pardon; not requiring the excution of penalty; venial; excusable; -- applied to the offense or to the offender.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being pardoned or forgiven; not requiring the execution of penalty or the infliction of censure; venial: applied to either offense or offender.
  • Synonyms Excusable, etc. See venial.

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  • adj. admitting of being pardoned


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Back-formation from unpardonable.


  • Less pardonable is the reduction of Lincoln's complex politics to fuzzy psychological concepts like "growth," transforming the story of what was indeed a fiery political trial into a therapeutic fairy tale.

    The Path To Proclamation

  • Is there a deception in the novel that you consider more "pardonable" than the others?

    Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear: Questions

  • I was rather glad he did go, for I felt that the village was rather dull for such a brilliant young fellow; and I had a kind of pardonable pride in thinking that he would be fully competent to meet on their own level any pretentious people that might stray hither from more civilized centres.

    My New Curate

  • What is pardonable are individual acts, not mass murder.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Judge Baltazar Garzón Indicted

  • The fact of the matter is that an innocent person's freedom is not negotiable or pardonable.

    Alemayehu G. Mariam: Ethiopia: Birtukan Unbound!

  • How does the theme of telling "pardonable lies" figure into that?

    Jacqueline Winspear - An interview with author

  • Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonorably is pardonable.

    Jacqueline Winspear - An interview with author

  • She was conscious of a great and pardonable curiosity, of a frank out-reaching for fuller knowledge.


  • (Your clerk competence supplement which Hamlet sounds rsther than Mac-like when he tells himself to brush to his revenge as good as to "put widely separated all pardonable fond records" in Act One, as good as when he praises a brutal Fortinbras as good as castigates himself in Act Four: "O from this time forth/My thoughts be full of red red blood or be zero worth!")

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • "We grow it on our own warm hills," I said, with pardonable



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