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condone

v. 1) to forgive, support, and/or overlook moral or legal failures of another without protest, with the result that it appears that such breaches of moral or legal duties are acceptable. An employer may overlook an employee overcharging customers or a police officer may look the other way when a party uses violent self help to solve a problem. 2) to forgive the marital infidelity of one's spouse and resume marital sexual relations on the condition that the sin is not repeated.

condone

verb absolve, accept, allow, assoil, be leeient, be merciful, be reconciled, be tolerant, bear with, blot out, clear, countenance, dismiss, disregard, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forbear, forget, forgive, free, give a reprieve, give absolution, give amnesty, grant amnesty, grant immunity, let pass, make allowance, overlook, overrook an offense, palliate, pardon, pass over, permit, recommend to pardon, refrain from punishing, release, relent, remit, reprieve, set free, show mercy, spare, tolerate, waive punishment, yield
See also: agree, bear, concur, excuse, extenuate, forgive, justify, overlook, palliate, pardon, remit, tolerate
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RCNI director Fiona Neary said: "These posters are sending messages out that may condone and may even have the effect of encouraging unsafe actions.
It is wholly unacceptable that a corporation should not only condone these harmful attitudes but indeed use them as leverage to promote a product.
Vertebrate paleontologists are particularly upset by panel recommendation #5, stating that "commercial collecting of fossils from public lands should be regulated to minimize the risk of losing fossils and data of importance to paleontology" -- a statement the society says tacitly condones commercial fossil collection and sale.
While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.
One would ask whether he condones the behaviour of past and present Cardiff Labour councillors who walked away with thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money, which they received in overpayments and declined to return.
And I cannot believe that Insp Jones condones such outrageous criminal damage.
Parker Blackman, press secretary for Huffington, called it ``ludicrous'' to suggest that she supports or condones ``the kind of vandalism these people are engaged in.
I will not be a part of any organization that promotes and condones the breaking not only of Kansas law but also God's law.
And as far as my camp, hip-hop don't condone that, the streets don't condone that, nobody condones that.
He said: "I am simply asking the Taoiseach what he condones.
But on the other hand, will it automatically adopt the fur labeling ordinance and thereby send a terrible message to residents that it condones citizen initiatives?
The plaintiffs also allege that the department condones the racist and sexist behavior of its officers and had failed to investigate the plaintiffs' allegations.