con·do·na·tion /ˌkän-də-'nā-shən/ n [Medieval Latin condonatio remission, pardon, from Latin condonare to give away, absolve]: voluntary overlooking or pardon of an offense; specif: express or implied and usu. conditional forgiveness of a spouse's marital wrong (as adultery or cruelty)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun absolution, accommodation, acquittal, allowance, amnesty, cancellation, charity, clearance, clemency, compassion, conciliation, concord, discharge, dismissal, disposition to pardon, disregard, excusal, exemption, exoneration, expiation, extenuation, extrication, forgiveness, full pardon, grace, impunity, indemnity, indulgence, lenience, magnanimity, mercy, nonliability, overlooking, pardon, reconcilement, reprieve, sympathy, vindication, willingness to forgive associated concepts: condonation as grounds for a dissolution of a marriage II index amnesty, impunity, lenience, remission, understanding (tolerance)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

In marriage, the forgiveness of some behavior that would be grounds for divorce by resuming cohabitation on the condition that the behavior not happen again.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

One person's approval of another's activities, constituting a defense to a fault divorce. For example, if a wife did not object to her husband's adultery even though she was aware of it, and she later tries to use it as grounds for a divorce or the basis for a settlement in her favor, he could counter these efforts by arguing that she had condoned his behavior.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 The forgiveness, purposeful disregard, or tacit approval by a victim of another's illegal or objectionable act, especially by treating the other person as if nothing happened.
2 In family law, an act (especially participation in sexual relations) indicating forgiveness by one spouse of the other spouse's improper conduct (such as adultery) when that wrongful conduct is a potential ground for divorce. In some states, condonation is an affirmative defense in a divorce action if the act asserted as grounds for the divorce is the act that was condoned, the act was not repeated after the condonation, and the spouse who acted wrongfully does not deny conjugal rights to the other spouse.
See also connivance.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

In marriage, the voluntary pardoning by an innocent spouse of an offense committed by his or her partner conditioned upon the promise that it will not recur.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

In marriage, the voluntary pardoning by an innocent spouse of an offense committed by his or her partner conditioned upon the promise that it will not recur.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.


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  • condonation — 1620s, from L. condonationem (mon. condonatio) a giving away, noun of action from condonare (see CONDONE (Cf. condone)) …   Etymology dictionary

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