- exemption from punishment.
- immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action.
Origin of impunity
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Examples from the Web for impunity
It would inject a threat of accountability into power, and upend the impunity wartime leaders had operated under for years.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
Once again he could throw his fastball for strikes with impunity--for six or seven innings at least.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Cameras show the gunmen roaming the mall, shooting and killing with impunity.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
It was arrogant,” he says, adding, “If you go along with the status quo in South Carolina, you can break the law with impunity.T-Rav: The Reality TV Star Running for Senate in South Carolina
July 4, 2014
For more than a half-century before “Stairway to Heaven,” recording artists had been doing this, usually with impunity.Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
May 25, 2014
They shall find out that they cannot insult me with impunity.Brave and Bold
Does he imagine that Olivia is to be slighted with impunity?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
They intend to show the world and politicians that their views cannot be ignored with impunity.Mountain Meditations
But omnipotence says and does with impunity whatever it pleases.
He did not wish to retire, and could not have done so with impunity.
- exemption or immunity from punishment or recrimination
- exemption or immunity from unpleasant consequencesa successful career marked by impunity from early mistakes
- with impunity
- with no unpleasant consequences
- with no care or heed for such consequences
Word Origin and History for impunity
1530s, from Middle French impunité (14c.) and directly from Latin impunitatem (nominative impunitas) "freedom from punishment, omission of punishment," also "rashness, inconsideration," from impunis "unpunished, without punishment," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + poena "punishment" (see penal).