decriminalize

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verb de·crim·i·nal·ize \(ˌ)dē-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈkrim-nəl-\

Definition of decriminalize

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to remove or reduce the criminal classification or status of; especially :  to repeal a strict ban on while keeping under some form of regulation decriminalize the possession of marijuana

decriminalization

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌkri-mə-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌkrim-nəl-\ noun

1969

First Known Use of decriminalize

1969


DECRIMINALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

decriminalize

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verb de·crim·i·nal·ize \(ˌ)dē-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈkrim-nəl-\

Definition of decriminalize for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something that is illegal) legal by changing the law


Law Dictionary

decriminalize

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transitive verb de·crim·i·nal·ize \dē-ˈkri-mən-əl-ˌīz\

Legal Definition of decriminalize

decriminalized

decriminalizing

  1. :  to remove or reduce the criminal classification or status of

decriminalization

\dē-ˌkri-mən-əl-ə-ˈzā-shən\ play noun


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