impunity[im pyo̵̅o̅′ni tē]
- Impunity is defined as freedom from punishment or harm.
When you steal something and you do not go to jail or face any consequences, this is an example of when you steal with impunity.
Origin of impunityFrench impunité ; from Classical Latin impunitas ; from impunis, free from punishment ; from in-, without + poena, punishment: see pain
Origin of impunityLatin impūnitās, from impūne, without punishment : in-, not; see in–1 + poena, penalty (from Greek poinē; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots).
(countable and uncountable, plural impunities)
From Middle French impunité, from Latin impunitas, from impunis (“without punishment”).