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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

Full Definition of amnesty

plural am·nes·ties

  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

  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



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