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decriminalize

[ dee-krim-uh-nl-ahyz ]
/ di藞kr瑟m 蓹 nl藢a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), de路crim路i路nal路ized, de路crim路i路nal路iz路ing.
to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against: to decriminalize marijuana.
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鈥淲as鈥 is used for the indicative past tense of 鈥渢o be,鈥 and 鈥渨ere鈥 is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Also especially British, de路crim路i路nal路ise .

Origin of decriminalize

An Americanism dating back to 1965鈥70; de- + criminal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM decriminalize

de路crim路i路nal路i路za路tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for decriminalize

decriminalize

decriminalise

/ (di藧藞kr瑟m蓹n藢la瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to remove (an action) from the legal category of criminal offenceto decriminalize the possession of marijuana

Derived forms of decriminalize

decriminalization or decriminalisation, noun
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