noun im·pu·ni·ty \im-ˈpyü-nə-tē\

: freedom from punishment, harm, or loss

Full Definition of IMPUNITY

:  exemption or freedom from punishment, harm, or loss <laws were flouted with impunity>

Examples of IMPUNITY

  1. <she mistakenly believed that she could insult people with impunity>

Origin of IMPUNITY

Middle French or Latin; Middle French impunité, from Latin impunitat-, impunitas, from impune without punishment, from in- + poena punishment — more at pain
First Known Use: 1532

Rhymes with IMPUNITY


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