Condone Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Condone.

Condone (verb):

  1. To consciously accept, forgive, or overlook an act or behavior that is considered wrong or offensive, usually implying that such act will not be permitted in the future.
  2. In the context of marriage or intimate relationships, condonation often refers to forgiving or ignoring a partner's wrongful act (such as infidelity) with the understanding that it will not be repeated.

For example, in a marriage, if a spouse cheats but the other spouse decides to forgive this act and continue the marriage, this act of forgiveness can be referred to as 'condoning' the behavior. However, if the behavior is repeated, it can become a valid ground for divorce.