Definition - What does Condonation mean?

Condonation refers to when an accuser, plaintiff, victim or aggrieved party forgives, condones or even supports the offending action caused by the defendant or perpetrator.

Condonation is often used as a defense, and can apply to many legal contexts such as civil law, criminal law, family law and military law.

Justipedia explains Condonation

Condonation is popularly used in divorce cases, where one spouse forgives the other one for actions that would otherwise be deemed illegal – such as having an affair, which would break the marriage contract that they entered into.

In a criminal context, an example of condonation would be when two fighters are engaged in the act when it is not legally authorized; although both fighters would say that they gave the other permission to act in that way, this does not make the fight legal.

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