: 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
- The government gave amnesty to all political prisoners.
- Illegal immigrants who came into the country before 1982 were granted amnesty.
Origin of AMNESTY
forgetfulness, from amnēstos
forgotten, from a-
to remember — more at mind
First Known Use: 1580
Other Government and Politics Terms
amnesty noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
In criminal law, a sovereign act of oblivion or forgetfulness (from Greek amnestia, forgetfulness) granted by a government, especially to a group of persons who are guilty of (usually political) crimes in the past. It is often conditional upon the group's return to obedience and duty within a prescribed period. See also pardon.
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