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- noun An offense that is judged to be minor or committed without deliberate intent and thus does not estrange the soul from the grace of God.
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- noun Roman Catholic theology A
sinthat is not a mortal sin; a sin that is not grave, or was not deliberate or was committed without a full understanding of the consequences.
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- noun a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace
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