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amnesty

noun am·nes·ty \ ˈam-nə-stē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of amnesty

plural amnesties
: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

  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


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amnesty

verb

Definition of amnesty

amnestied; amnestying
transitive verb
:to grant amnesty to :to pardon (someone) officially often before a trial or conviction
  • Only last Thursday Mr. Clinton told the U.S. that the generals were responsible for the killings … Now, they are to be amnestied and allowed to remain in Haiti if they so wish.
  • —A. M. Rosenthal
  • Traditionally, the incoming president amnesties all outstanding driving offences: during the months before an election people park even more selfishly than usual and drive at unbelievable speeds, knowing if they're caught, they'll be amnestied.
  • —Richard Horton

First Known Use of amnesty

1802


Law Dictionary

amnesty

noun am·nes·ty \ ˈam-nəs-tē \

legal Definition of amnesty

plural amnesties
: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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