- able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal ).
- excusable; trifling; minor
- c.1300, from O.Fr. venial, from L. venialis "pardonable," from venia "forgiveness, indulgence, pardon," related to venus "sexual love, desire" (see Venus).
"Harmful as they were, all these blunders remained venial: negligence, misinformation, or stupidity might explain them. But when Escandón moved from the organization of government to the practice of ruling, he carried out a policy that was too systematic and clear to be a mistake—the direct service of the planters' economic and political interests."
- John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution