- to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against: to decriminalize marijuana.
Origin of decriminalize
Examples from the Web for decriminalize
He once ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, on the Freak Power ticket, promising to decriminalize drugs.Top 10 Misbehaving Literary Rogues
February 7, 2013
- (tr) to remove (an action) from the legal category of criminal offenceto decriminalize the possession of marijuana
Word Origin and History for decriminalize
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.