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noun 
  1. forgiveness, Forgiveness for an offence.
    • 1748: Samuel Richardson, Clarissa
    • :a step, that could not be taken with the least hope of ever obtaining from or reconciliation with any of my friends;
      1. An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person's criminal record, as if it had never been committed.
    • 1974: President Gerald Ford, Proclamation 4311
    • :I... have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States ...
verb 
  1. (transitive) To forgive.
    • 1599: William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
    • :O, me, thou bleeding piece of earth, / That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
    • 1815: Jane Austen, Emma
    • :I hope you will not find he has outstepped the truth more than may be pardoned, in consideration of the motive.
      1. (context, transitive, law) To grant an official pardon for a crime.

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