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  1. the formal act of liberating someone Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the act of excusing a mistake or offense Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. grant a pardon to; "Ford pardoned Nixon"; "The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. An official warrant of remission of penalty. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The state of being forgiven. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amenesty, which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To refrain from exacting as a penalty. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To give leave (of departure) to. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; - applied to the offender. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; - applied to offenses. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To free from penalty; to forgive; over look; excuse. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Forgiveness; release from punishment; an official act setting one free from penalty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Pardoner. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To forgive: to remit the penalty of. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. Forgiveness: remission of a penalty or punishment. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Forgiveness; remission of penalty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To forgive; remit the penalty of. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. To remit the penalty of; forego; forgive; excuse. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Remission of penalty incurred. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Courteous forbearance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Forgiveness; remission of a penalty. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. To forgive; to remit, as a penalty; to excuse, as for a fault. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. Forgiveness; remission of a penalty or punishment; a warrant of forgiveness or of exemption from punishment. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. To grant forgiveness of; to remit; to excuse; to forgive. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. An act of grace, proceeding from tlie power intrusted with the execution of the laws, which exempts the individual on whom it is bestowed from the punishment the law inflicts for a crime he has committed. U. S. v. Wilson, 7 Pet. ICO, 8 L. Ed. 040; Ex parte Garland, 4 Wall. 3S0, 18 L. Ed. 300; Moore v. State, 43 N. J. Law, 241, 39 Am. Rep. 558; Rich v. Chamberlain, 10-1 Mich. 430, G2 N. W. 584, 27 L. R. A. 573; Edwards v. Com., 78 Va. 39, 49 Am. Rep. 377. "Pardon" is to be distinguished from "amnesty." The former applies only to the individual, releases him from the punishment fixed by law for his specific offense, but does not affect the criminality of the same or similar acts when performed by other persons or repeated by the same person. The latter term denotes an act of grace, extended by the government to all persons who may come within its terms, and which obliterates the criminality of past acts done, and declares that they shall not be treated as punishable. thelawdictionary.org
  29. To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; -- applied to the offender. mso.anu.edu.au
  30. To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; -- applied to offenses. mso.anu.edu.au
  31. the forgiveness of sins granted freely ( Isaiah 43:25 ), readily ( Nehemiah 9:17 ; Psalms 86:5 ), abundantly ( Isaiah 55:7 ; Romans 5:20 ). Pardon is an act of a sovereign, in pure sovereignty, granting simply a remission of the penalty due to sin, but securing neither honour nor reward to the pardoned. Justification (q.v.), on the other hand, is the act of a judge, and not of a sovereign, and includes pardon and, at the same time, a title to all the rewards and blessings promised in the covenant of life. biblestudytools.com
  32. Crim. law, pleading. A pardon is an act of grace, proceeding from the power entrusted with the execution of the laws, which exempts the individual on whom it is bestowed, from the punishment the law inflicts for a crime he has committed. 7 Pet. S. C. Rep. 160. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  33. Every pardon granted to the guilty is in derogation of the law; if the pardon be equitable, the law is, bad; for where legislation and the administration of the law are perfect, pardons must be a violation of the law, But as human actions are necessarily imperfect, the pardoning power must be vested somewhere in order to prevent injustice, when it is ascertained that an error has been committed. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  34. The subject will be considered with regard, 1. To the kinds of pardons. 2. By whom they are to be granted. 3. For what offences. 4. How to be taken advantage of 5. Their effect. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  35. - §1, Pardons are general or special. 1. The former are express, when an act ofthe legislature is passed expressly directing that offences of a certain class; shall be pardoned, as in the case of an act of amnesty. See Amnesty. A general pardon is implied by the repeal of a penal statute, because, unless otherwise provided by law, an offence against such statute while it was in force cannot be punished, and the offender goes free. 2 Overt. 423. 2. Special pardons are those which are granted by the pardoning power for particular cases. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  36. Pardons are also divided into absolute and conditional. The former are those which free the criminal without any condition whatever; the. fatter are those to which a condition is annexed, which must be performed before the pardon can have any effect. Bac. Ab. Pardon, E; 2 Caines, R. 57; 1 Bailey, 283; 2 Bailey 516. But see 4 Call, R. 85. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  37. - §2. The constitution of the United States gives to the, president in general terms, "the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States." The same power is given generally to the governors of the several states to grant pardons for crimes committed against their respective states, but in some of them the consent of the legislature or one of its branches is required. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  38. - §3. Except in the case of impeachment, for which a pardon cannot be granted, the pardoning power may grant a pardon of all offences against the government, and for any sentence or judgment. But such a pardon does not operate to discharge the interest which third persons may have acquired in the judgment; as, where a penalty was incurred in violation of the embargo laws, and the custom house officers became entitled to one-half of the penalty, the pardon did not discharge that. 4 Wash. C. C R. 64. See 2 Bay, 565; 2 Whart. 440; 7 J. J. Marsh. 131. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  39. - §4. When the pardon is general, either by an act of amnesty, or by the repeal of a penal law, it is not necessary to plead it, because the court is bound, ex officio, to take notice of it. And the criminal cannot even waive such pardon, because by his admittance, no one can give the court power to punish him, when it judicially appears there is no law to do it. But when the pardon is special, to avail the criminal it must judicially appear that it has been accepted, and for this reason it must be specially pleaded. 7 Pet. R. 150, 162. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  40. - §5. The effect of a pardon is to protect from punishment the criminal for the offence pardoned, but for no other. 1 Porter, 475. It seems that the pardon of an assault and battery, which afterwards becomes murder by the death of the person beaten, would not operate as a pardon of the murder. 12 Pick. 496. In general, the effect of a full pardon is to restore the convict to all his rights. But to this there are some exceptions: 1st. When the criminal has been guilty of perjury, a pardon will not qualify him to be a witnessat any time afterwards. 2d. When one was convicted of an offence by which he became civilly dead, a pardon did not affect or annul the second marriage of his wife, nor the sale of his property by persons appointed to administer on his estate, nor divest his heirs of the interest acquired in his estate in consequence of his civil death. 10 Johns. R. 232, 483. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  41. - §6. All contracts, made for the buying or procuring a pardon for a convict, are void. And such contracts will be declared null by a court of equity, on the ground that they are opposed to public policy. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 3857. Vide, generally, Bac. Ab. h. t.; Com. Dig. h. t.; Nels. Ab. h. t.; Vin. Ab. h. t.; 13 Petersd. Ab. h. t.; Dane's Ab. h. t.; 3 lust. 233 to 240; Hawk. b. 2, c. 37; 1 Chit. Cr. L. 762 to 778; 2 Russ. on Cr. 595 Arch. Cr. Pl. 92; Stark. Cr. Pl. 368, 380. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  42. pär'don, v.t. to forgive, said either of an offender or of a crime: to pass by without punishment or blame: to set free from punishment: to let off without doing something.--n. forgiveness, either of an offender or of his offence: remission of a penalty or punishment: a warrant declaring a pardon: a papal indulgence.--adj. PAR'DONABLE, that may be pardoned: excusable.--n. PAR'DONABLENESS.--adv. PAR'DONABLY.--n. PAR'DONER, one who pardons: formerly, one licensed to sell papal indulgences.--p.adj. PAR'DONING, disposed to pardon: forgiving: exercising the right or power to pardon: conferring authority to grant pardon.--PARDON ME, excuse me--used in apology and to soften a contradiction. [Fr. pardonner--Low L. perdon[=a]re--L. per, through, away, don[=a]re, to give.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  43. Forgiveness; (Eccl.) = INDULGENCE, festival at which this is granted; (Law) remission of legal consequences of crime; general p. (for offences generally, or to number of persons not named individually); courteous forbearance, esp. I beg your p. (apology for thing done, for dissent or contradiction, or for not hearing or understanding what was said). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. Forgive (person, offence, person his offence); make allowance for, excuse, (person, fault, person for doing). So pardonable a., pardonableness n., pardonably adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  45. [Fr.] In Law, the regal prerogative of pardoning offences against the Crown or public, with certain exceptions. P. cannot be pleaded to a Parliamentary impeachment so as to stop the inquiry. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  46. n. Forgiveness of an offender or of an offence;—remission of a penalty;—absolution for a judicial sentence and its penal consequences;—state of being forgiven;—deed, warrant, or instrument conveying legal forgiveness. Cabinet Dictionary

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