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Forgive average fellow (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

pardon

'forgive' is the definition.
(pardoning is a kind of forgiving)

'average fellow' is the wordplay.
'average' becomes 'par' (I've seen this before).
'fellow' becomes 'don' (both can mean an academic).
'par'+'don'='PARDON'

(Other definitions for pardon that I've seen before include "Forgive, perhaps judicially" , "Forgive or excuse (an offence)" , "Forgive; come again?" , "Ask this to seek forgiveness" , "Excuse me, kindly overlook" .)

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