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amnesty

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noun am·nes·ty \ˈam-nə-stē\

Simple Definition of amnesty

  • : a decision that a group of people will not be punished or that a group of prisoners will be allowed to go free

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of amnesty

plural amnesties

  1. :  the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals

amnesty transitive verb

Examples of amnesty in a sentence

  1. The government gave amnesty to all political prisoners.

  2. Illegal immigrants who came into the country before 1982 were granted amnesty.



Origin of amnesty

Greek amnēstia forgetfulness, from amnēstos forgotten, from a- + mnasthai to remember — more at mind


First Known Use: 1580


Law Dictionary

amnesty

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noun am·nes·ty \ˈam-nəs-tē\

Legal Definition of amnesty

plural amnesties

  1. :  an act of clemency by an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individuals <illegal-alien farm workers seeking amnestyNational Law Journal>





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