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.
Examples from the Web for immunity
A warrant was issued for her arrest along with her husband, who lost his immunity as he was now forced from office.
It was dead bacteria and glycerin—and it provoked an immune response, but no immunity.Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure|Tessa Miller|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The report suggests that vaccinated people may lose their immunity as they age.A Fully Vaccinated Woman Contracted and Then Spread Measles. WTF?|Elizabeth Lopatto|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Masciotra|January 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the sound of the word “immunity,” which had been all but banned from the proceedings, Judge Casper interrupted.
It is not yet clear, partly because the doctors disagree as to what immunity is.Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
These dopes do not injure the skin a bit and the slight discomfort they may cause is compensated for by the immunity established.Touring Afoot|Claude Powell Fordyce
In the first place, as to the origin and nature of the immunity enjoyed by the national domain in the several States.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume III (of 20)|Charles Sumner
Since you probably have no immunity to the disease, to breathe the tainted air would almost certainly result in an attack.Planet of the Gods|Robert Moore Williams
Much attention is being devoted to the causes which determine the aptitude or immunity with animals for maladies.
British Dictionary definitions for immunity
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for immunity
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.
Medicine definitions for immunity
Science definitions for immunity
Culture definitions for immunity
The ability of the body to resist or fight off infection and disease.