decriminalize


de·crim·i·nal·ize

transitive verb \(ˌ)dē-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈkrim-nəl-\

: to make (something that is illegal) legal by changing the law

Full Definition of DECRIMINALIZE

:  to remove or reduce the criminal classification or status of; especially :  to repeal a strict ban on while keeping under some form of regulation <decriminalize the possession of marijuana>
de·crim·i·nal·iza·tion \(ˌ)dē-ˌkri-mə-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌkrim-nəl-\ noun

First Known Use of DECRIMINALIZE

1969

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