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The conditional remission or forgiveness, by one of the married parties, of a matrimonial offense committed by the other, and which would constitute a cause of divorce; the condition being that the offense shall not be repeated. See Pain v. Pain, 37 Mo. App. 115; Betz v. Betz, 25 N. Y. Super. Ct. G90; Thomson v. Thomson, 121 Cal. 11, 53 Pac. 403; Ilarnett v. Harnett, 55 Iowa, 45, 7 N. W. 394; Eggerth v. IOggerth, 15 Or. 620, 10 Pac. 050; Turnbull v. Turnbull, 23 Ark. 015; Odom v. Odom, 36 Ga. 318; Poison v. Poison, 140 Ind. 310, 39 N. E. 498. The term is also sometimes applied to forgiveness of a past wrong, fault, injury, or breach of duty in other relations, as, for example, in that of master and servant. Leatherberry v. Odell (C. C.) 7 Fed. 64S.

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