[ im-pyoo-ni-tee ]
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  1. exemption from punishment.

  2. immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action.

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

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How to use impunity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impunity


/ (ɪmˈpjuːnɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. exemption or immunity from punishment or recrimination

  2. exemption or immunity from unpleasant consequences: a successful career marked by impunity from early mistakes

  1. with impunity

    • with no unpleasant consequences

    • with no care or heed for such consequences

Origin of impunity

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

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