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I don't understand what カンベン means in this context. Its usual meaning of "forgive" does not make sense.

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The base meaning of 勘弁 is indeed "to forgive". One of the most common usage patterns is 勘弁してください, which expresses a polite yet strong refusal, like begging for mercy ("Oh please don't ~", "I beg you, no ~").

I really hope I can avoid the endoscopy.

By further extension, 勘弁だ can express a simple strong refusal. It often implies that the situation is seen as an unjustified punishment or treatment.

Endoscopy is a definite no-go.

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