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  • adv. In a pardonable manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a manner admitting of pardon; excusably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a manner admitting of pardon or excuse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an excusable manner or to an excusable degree


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  • I was pardonably curious in my survey, for it appeared my fate to be pent up with them on this miniature floating world for I knew not how many weeks or months.

    Chapter 3

  • “William has gone home,” Beth replied, pardonably proud of how cool her voice stayed.


  • "How the devil should I know?" retorted Dela garde, pardonably annoyed.


  • But we do get pardonably a little testy about one thing, compulsion.

    David Horton: Different Strokes

  • I think much of psychiatry is the same: it's not that they're stupid, merely pardonably ignorant.

    Schizophrenia : A Hideous Progression

  • It is not that we are given only a method of interpretation by the form of Scripture – a method that, by pointing us to the conflict and tension between texts simply leaves us with theologically unresolvable debate as a universal norm for Christian discourse (I make the point partly in order to correct what some have – pardonably – understood as the implication of what I have written elsewhere on this matter).

    'The Bible Today: Reading & Hearing', The Larkin-Stuart Lecture

  • There was another kind of recurrent query Peter wouldn't brush aside either, as many another harried editor quite pardonably might: Why on earth did The Atlantic publish so much of that infernal modern poetry?

    A Life's Work

  • And in that case, one might pardonably wonder though this is not the place to pursue the question, does he need to exist at all?

    Wonderful Dawkins article

  • Sarah asked, a twinkle in her eyes and a pardonably smug expression on her face.

    Phoenix And Ashes

  • But glancing up at Jamie now, I thought they might pardonably have been excused for nervousness.

    Drums of Autumn


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