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
Conservative supporters of preserving the filibuster rules say Republicans used them to block a liberal agenda when the Democrats held the majority, such as bills on immigration amnesty and gun control.
Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, signed a decree giving amnesty to 3,600 members of the FARC.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist led an effort in 2007 to give amnesty to many felons, who regained their civil rights without hearings.
Why Trump would agree to such an amnesty program is never really explained, because The Fourth Way is entirely an exercise in wish-fulfillment.
Sign Up To make sure everyone comes forward, London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the public housing block illegally.
To make sure everyone comes forward, London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the public housing block illegally.
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.
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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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