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Acquittal vs. Pardon — What's the Difference?

Acquittal vs. Pardon — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Acquittal and Pardon

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Acquittal

In common law jurisdictions, an acquittal certifies that the accused is free from the charge of an offense, as far as the criminal law is concerned. The finality of an acquittal is dependent on the jurisdiction.
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Pardon

A pardon is a government decision to allow a person to be relieved of some or all of the legal consequences resulting from a criminal conviction. A pardon may be granted before or after conviction for the crime, depending on the laws of the jurisdiction.Pardons can be granted in many countries when individuals are deemed to have demonstrated that they have "paid their debt to society", or are otherwise considered to be deserving of them.
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Acquittal

Judgment, as by a jury or judge, that a defendant is not guilty of a crime as charged.
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Pardon

The action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offence
He obtained pardon for his sins
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Acquittal

The state of being found or proved not guilty.
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Pardon

Forgive or excuse (a person, error, or offence)
I know Catherine will pardon me
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Acquittal

The act of fulfilling the duties (of a given role, obligation etc.).
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Pardon

A request to a speaker to repeat something because one did not hear or understand it
‘Pardon?’ I said, cupping a hand to my ear
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Acquittal

(legal) A legal decision that someone is not guilty with which they have been charged, or the formal dismissal of a charge by some other legal process.
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Pardon

To release (a person) from punishment or disfavor for wrongdoing or a fault
A convicted criminal who was pardoned by the governor.
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Acquittal

Payment of a debt or other obligation; reparations, amends.
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Pardon

To allow (an offense or fault) to pass without punishment or disfavor.
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Acquittal

(historical) The act of releasing someone from debt or other obligation; acquittance.
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Pardon

To make courteous allowance for; excuse
Pardon me, I'm in a hurry.
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Acquittal

(rare) Avoidance of danger; deliverance.
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Pardon

The act of pardoning.
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Acquittal

The act of acquitting; discharge from debt or obligation; acquittance.
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Pardon

Exemption of a convicted person from the penalties of an offense or crime by the power of the executor of the laws.
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Acquittal

A setting free, or deliverance from the charge of an offense, by verdict of a jury or sentence of a court.
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Pardon

An official document or warrant declaring such an exemption.
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Acquittal

A judgment of not guilty
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Pardon

Allowance or forgiveness for an offense or a discourtesy
Begged the host's pardon for leaving early.
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Pardon

Roman Catholic Church An indulgence.
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Pardon

Forgiveness for an offence.
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Pardon

(legal) An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person's criminal record, as if it had never been committed.
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Pardon

(transitive) To forgive (a person).
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Pardon

(transitive) To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
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Pardon

To grant an official pardon for a crime.
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Pardon

Often used when someone does not understand what another person says.
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Pardon

The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution.
Pardon, my lord, for me and for my tidings.
But infinite in pardon was my judge.
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Pardon

An official warrant of remission of penalty.
Sign me a present pardon for my brother.
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Pardon

The state of being forgiven.
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Pardon

A release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amnesty, which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses.
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Pardon

To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; - applied to the offender.
In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant.
I pray you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardon me.
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Pardon

To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; - applied to offenses.
I pray thee, pardon my sin.
Apollo, pardonMy great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle!
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Pardon

To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
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Pardon

To give leave (of departure) to.
Even now about it! I will pardon you.
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Pardon

The act of excusing a mistake or offense
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Pardon

A warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
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Pardon

The formal act of liberating someone
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Pardon

Accept an excuse for;
Please excuse my dirty hands
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Pardon

Grant a pardon to;
Ford pardoned Nixon
The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President
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