amnesty

noun am·nes·ty \ ˈam-nə-stē \

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

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

noun

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

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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