verb (used with object), de·crim·i·nal·ized, de·crim·i·nal·iz·ing.
Origin of decriminalize
Examples from the Web for decriminalization
“There are indications that decriminalization can reduce the burden on criminal justice systems,” the report said.
“No system works 100 percent, but we do know that decriminalization is the number one thing we have to do first,” said Kinkaid.
There is some strong evidence to suggest that decriminalization can protect sex workers, and all women, from violent crime.
They only support the decriminalization of the drug, which just became law in the Old Line State.
Collins argues for the decriminalization of drugs, which he calls a “far more effective tool.”Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report|Abby Haglage|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
1963, "to reform a criminal," back-formation from decriminalization. Meaning "to make legal something that formerly had been illegal" was in use by 1970 (there are isolated instances back to 1867). Related: Decriminalized; decriminalizing.