- An example of amnesty is when the US government lets in a foreign citizen to help protect that citizen from being killed in his own country.
- An example of amnesty is when a criminal is told to go free.
- a pardon, esp. for political offenses against a government
- Archaic a deliberate overlooking, as of an offense
Origin of amnestyFrench amnestie ; from Classical Latin amnestia ; from Classical Greek amn?stia, a forgetting: see amnesia
transitive verbam·nes·tied, am·nes·ty·ing, am·nes·ties
Origin of amnestyLatin amn&emacron;stia, from Greek amn&emacron;stia; see amnesia.
(third-person singular simple present amnesties, present participle amnestying, simple past and past participle amnestied)
- To grant a pardon (to a group)
From Middle French amnestie (French amnistie), from Latin amnestia, from Ancient Greek ἀμνηστία, from ἀ- (a-, “privative”) + μνήμη (remembrance, reminiscence).
amnesty - Legal Definition