act of indemnity

Definition of act of indemnity

1 : an act passed to relieve persons (such as officials) from some penalty to which they have become liable by acting illegally or beyond the limits of their powers
2 : an act passed to provide compensation for damage incurred in the service of the government or resulting from some public measure

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First Known Use of act of indemnity

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Act of indemnity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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