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.
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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