Amnesty meaning

ămnĭ-stē
To grant a general pardon to.
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(archaic) A deliberate overlooking, as of an offense.
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A pardon, esp. for political offenses against a government.
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A general pardon granted by a government.

Amnesty for military deserters; amnesty for tax evasion.

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An act of the sovereign power granting oblivion, or a general pardon, for a past offense, as to subjects concerned in an insurrection.
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To grant a pardon (to a group)
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Amnesty International, a UK-based charity.
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The definition of amnesty is the act of releasing or protecting a person or persons from prosecution for wrongdoings.

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.

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A pardon for past criminal offenses for a class or group of individuals who are subject to trial but have not yet been convicted. Amnesty may be limited or conditional. For example, amnesty may be offered only to those who perform a certain act, such as community service, within a specific period of time. Also referred to as grant of amnesty.
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To grant amnesty to.
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Origin of amnesty

  • Latin amnēstia from Greek amnēstiā amnesia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French amnestie (French amnistie), from Latin amnestia, from Ancient Greek ἀμνηστία, from ἀ- (a-, “privative”) + μνήμη (remembrance, reminiscence).

    From Wiktionary