"pardons" in the noun sense
1. forgiveness, pardon
the act of excusing a mistake or offense
2. pardon, amnesty
a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
3. amnesty, pardon, free pardon
the formal act of liberating someone
"pardons" in the verb sense
1. excuse, pardon
accept an excuse for
"Please excuse my dirty hands"
grant a pardon to
"Ford pardoned Nixon"
"The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President"
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