Definition of free pardon in English:

free pardon


  • An unconditional remission of the legal consequences of an offence or conviction.

    ‘he was given a free pardon’
    • ‘Returning to England, he succeeded as earl in 1831 and was given a free pardon in 1832.’
    • ‘Evans was granted a free pardon on the recommendation of the Home Secretary in 1966.’
    • ‘Gladstone grudgingly agreed to the recommendation of a free pardon but withheld compensation for this gross miscarriage of justice.’
    • ‘Many of the French-Canadians received free pardons in 1844, and the majority eventually returned to their homeland.’
    • ‘There are free pardons, there are conditional pardons, there is the remission of sentence, there are a range of options.’
    • ‘The Home Secretary argued that free pardons were granted only when the moral and technical innocence of the convicted person could be clearly established.’
    • ‘The sentences provoked a national outcry, eventually leading to the granting of free pardons and their return to England.’
    • ‘On 24 April 1837 Arthur and George were both given free pardons at Hobart.’
    • ‘The rebels were assured of free pardons.’
    • ‘In 1836 the six were granted free pardons and a return to England at no expense, although the last of the men did not arrive home for more than two more years.’
    • ‘A change of government at home in 1689 forced a revision of policy towards the prisoners, and in February 1690 free pardons were issued.’
    • ‘However, the new Youth Criminal Justice Act does not make provision for free pardons as the old act did, but provides the equivalent of a conditional pardon.’
    • ‘I could not find any instance of a man returning to England after the term of his sentence expired, but most men were given a complete free pardon within four years of arrival in Australia.’
    • ‘Gascoyne appealed to George II, who granted, first a stay of execution, then a free pardon to the gypsy.’
    • ‘In March 1836, two years after the trial, the new home secretary, Lord John Russel granted free pardons to all six men.’
    • ‘Mr Evans was finally granted a free pardon on the recommendation of the home secretary in October 1966.’
    • ‘He was also aware that a £350 reward had been offered and possibly a free pardon to any one giving evidence leading to the conviction of the murderers of William Lilley.’
    • ‘He also gave convicts conditional pardons and free pardons as well as appointing some of their numbers to civil positions.’
    reprieve, general pardon, amnesty, exoneration, exculpation, release, acquittal, discharge
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