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impunity

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noun im·pu·ni·ty \im-ˈpyü-nə-tē\

Simple Definition of impunity

  • : freedom from punishment, harm, or loss

Full Definition of impunity

  1. :  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

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