amnesty

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noun am·nes·ty \ˈam-nə-stē\

Definition of amnesty

plural

amnesties

  1. :  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

amnesty

transitive verb

Examples of amnesty in a Sentence

  1. The government gave amnesty to all political prisoners.

  2. Illegal immigrants who came into the country before 1982 were granted amnesty.

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Origin and Etymology of amnesty

Greek amnēstia forgetfulness, from amnēstos forgotten, from a- + mnasthai to remember — more at mind


AMNESTY Defined for English Language Learners

amnesty

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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


Law Dictionary

amnesty

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noun am·nes·ty \ˈam-nəs-tē\

Legal Definition of amnesty

plural

amnesties

  1. :  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 amnestyNational Law Journal



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