a general pardon for offenses, especially political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction.
Law. an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole.
a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense.
to grant amnesty to; pardon.
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How to use amnesty in a sentence
amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders cannot be accessed without a virtual private network.
He made clear that he was happy with “90 percent of it” but that he could never support “amnesty.”Quirky Reindeer Farmer Keeps Government Open for Christmas | Ben Jacobs | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He also elected not to take advantage of a recent tax amnesty whereby he could have paid back just 10 percent of what he owed.
Along with amnesty, our borders were to be secured once and for all.
But that was so yesterday, much like his contention that he lacked the power to unilaterally confer amnesty.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again | Lloyd Green | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead of the expected general amnesty, only a few special pardons were granted.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Later on he voluntarily presented himself to the military authorities, and obtained pardon under the amnesty proclamation.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
This was nothing less than the Turkish Revolution of 1908, with its consequent amnesty for all political offences.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Prince Eugne offered amnesty to the insurgents, and the Austrian ministry advised them to cease resistance.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
They have issued an amnesty, pardoning even those who have committed the most frightful atrocities upon us.A Roving Commission | G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for amnesty
a general pardon, esp for offences against a government
a period during which a law is suspended to allow offenders to admit their crime without fear of prosecution
law a pardon granted by the Crown or Executive and effected by statute
(tr) to overlook or forget (an offence)
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