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diplomatic immunity

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noun
  1. exemption from taxation, searches, arrest, etc., enjoyed by diplomatic officials and their dependent families under international law, and usually on a reciprocal basis.
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Origin of diplomatic immunity

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for diplomatic immunity

diplomatic immunity

noun
  1. the immunity from local jurisdiction and exemption from taxation in the country to which they are accredited afforded to diplomats
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diplomatic immunity in Culture

diplomatic immunity

Exemption of diplomats — ambassadors and other representatives of a foreign nation — from the laws of the nation to which they are assigned.

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Note

Foreign representatives have sometimes gone unpunished for serious crimes after claiming diplomatic immunity. The main purpose of diplomatic immunity, however, is to protect diplomats from harassment or arrest by their host government.
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