[ im-pyoo-ni-tee ]
/ ɪmˈpyu nɪ ti /


exemption from punishment.
immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action.

Origin of impunity

1525–35; < Latin impūnitās, equivalent to im- im-2 + pūnitās punishment (pūn- (stem of punīre to punish) + -itās -ity); see punitive

Can be confused

immunity impunity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impunity


/ (ɪmˈpjuːnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

exemption or immunity from punishment or recrimination
exemption or immunity from unpleasant consequencesa successful career marked by impunity from early mistakes
with impunity
  1. with no unpleasant consequences
  2. with no care or heed for such consequences

Word Origin for impunity

C16: from Latin impūnitās freedom from punishment, from impūnis unpunished, from im- (not) + poena punishment
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