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impunity

[ im-pyoo-ni-tee ]
/ ɪmˈpyu nɪ ti /
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noun
exemption from punishment.
immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action.
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Origin of impunity

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French impunite or Latin impūnitāt-, stem of impūnitās, derivative of impūnis “without punishment, unpunished” (from the adverb impūne), equivalent to im- im-2 + -pūne, combining form of poena “penalty, pain” + -itās -ity

synonym study for impunity

See exemption.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impunity

immunity, impunity
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How to use impunity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impunity

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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