noun, plural im·mu·ni·ties.
- the exemption of ecclesiastical persons and things from secular or civil liabilities, duties, and burdens.
- a particular exemption of this kind.
Origin of immunity
Synonyms for immunity
Antonyms for immunity
Related Words for immunitycharter, license, freedom, prerogative, impunity, protection, amnesty, indemnity, right, resistance, liberty, franchise, release, exoneration, invulnerability
Examples from the Web for immunity
Contemporary Examples of immunity
A warrant was issued for her arrest along with her husband, who lost his immunity as he was now forced from office.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
October 29, 2014
It was dead bacteria and glycerin—and it provoked an immune response, but no immunity.Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure
April 16, 2014
The report suggests that vaccinated people may lose their immunity as they age.A Fully Vaccinated Woman Contracted and Then Spread Measles. WTF?
April 15, 2014
Seneca encouraged followers to possess the strength of immunity to setback, but never withheld his human touch.New Year’s Reading List: Books to Transform Your Sad Life
January 1, 2014
At the sound of the word “immunity,” which had been all but banned from the proceedings, Judge Casper interrupted.Whitey Bulger Refuses to Testify
August 4, 2013
Historical Examples of immunity
One must, it seems, be young to enjoy this nineteenth-century immunity.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
After the Austrian war, an act of “immunity” was passed, in his behalf.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
A billion dollars and immunity to cut off the outer dome of force.Invasion
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Is it not a feature of our age that none can claim privilege nor immunity?Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
How many a coward stab would be given in the shadow of that immunity!The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
noun plural -ties
late 14c., "exempt from service or obligation," from Old French immunité and directly from Latin immunitatem (nominative immunitas) "exemption from performing public service or charge," from immunis "exempt, free," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + munis "performing services" (cf. municipal), from PIE *moi-n-es-, suffixed form of root *mei- "to change" (see mutable). Medical sense "protection from disease" is 1879, from French or German.
The ability of the body to resist or fight off infection and disease.