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

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Decriminalization of various "victimless crimes"--crimes that don't directly harm others, such as private gambling and drug-taking--has been recommended by conservatives as well as liberals, who often claim that it would ease the burden on the legal system, decrease the amount of money flowing to criminals, and increase personal liberty. Decriminalization is not the same as legalization; decriminalization may still call for a small fine (like a traffic ticket), and may apply only to use or possession of something, leaving the actual sale of goods or services illegal.

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


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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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