Impunity definition

ĭm-pyo͝onĭ-tē
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Freedom or exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm.
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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.

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Exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm.
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(uncountable) Freedom from punishment or retribution; security from any reprisal or injurious consequences of an action, behaviour etc.
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(countable, law) Exemption from punishment.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
impunity
Plural:
impunities

Origin of impunity

  • Latin impūnitās from impūne without punishment in- not in–1 poena penalty (from Greek poinē kwei-1 in Indo-European roots)

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

  • From Middle French impunité, from Latin impunitas, from impunis (“without punishment”).

    From Wiktionary