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
Why Trump would agree to such an amnesty program is never really explained, because The Fourth Way is entirely an exercise in wish-fulfillment.
Anyone caught with an unregistered firearm outside the amnesty period could face a $280,000 (US$212,500) fine and up to 14 years in prison.
He was soon freed in an amnesty when a Medici became pope, but his government career was over.
Under the accord, rejected in a public referendum but pushed through by congress, the FARC will become a political party and most fighters will receive amnesty after explaining their actions publicly.
Found guilty on charges of murder and many other offenses (though not including cannibalism), he was sentenced to life imprisonment but subsequently released on amnesty in 1993.
Last year, the El Salvadoran Supreme Court struck down a longstanding amnesty law, a move allowing prosecutors to pursue charges against soldiers who participated in war-time atrocities.
Alonso’s family gained permanent residence status under a Reagan-era amnesty.
Alonso Leon’s family gained permanent residence status under a Reagan-era amnesty.
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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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