Definition of amnesty
: the act of an authority (such as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals The government granted amnesty to all political prisoners. a general amnesty
Examples of amnesty in a sentence
The government gave amnesty to all political prisoners.
Illegal immigrants who came into the country before 1982 were granted amnesty.
Recent Examples of amnesty from the web
This should not have surprised anyone since polls consistently find that an overwhelming majority of Colombians oppose amnesty for war crimes and unelected congressional seats for the FARC, both of which were central to the agreement.
Yet Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass lawlessness.
The amnesty program is far from universally loved in the creeks.
In Northern Ireland, a peace process brought bitter enemies to the negotiating table under a pledge of legal amnesty, and then into high office.
Mr. Rubio also reached out to other conservative power brokers, including the radio hosts Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, telling them that the legislation did not amount to amnesty.
Senator Cruz has called your immigration plan amnesty, and has an add out there comparing it to President Obama’s.
Shiite militias had blocked the way to Baghdad for Sunnis fleeing Ramadi; ISIS, meanwhile, was offering amnesty to families who came back to the city and turned over their sons to the Islamic State to fight.
The people seeking to overturn Section V are essentially asking for an amnesty if the thieves can be proven to be unusually clever.
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Origin and Etymology of amnesty
Greek amnēstia forgetfulness, from amnēstos forgotten, from a- + mnasthai to remember — more at mind
First Known Use: 1580
AMNESTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amnesty for English Language Learners
: a decision that a group of people will not be punished or that a group of prisoners will be allowed to go free
Legal Definition of amnesty
: an act of clemency by an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted especially to a group of individuals illegal-alien farm workers seeking amnesty — National Law Journal
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