- protection or security against damage or loss.
- compensation for damage or loss sustained.
- something paid by way of such compensation.
- protection, as by insurance, from liabilities or penalties incurred by one's actions.
- legal exemption from penalties attaching to unconstitutional or illegal actions, granted to public officers and other persons.
Origin of indemnity
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Examples from the Web for indemnity
The right of indemnity does not, however, constitute the principal point.The Sexual Question
Once in their clutches, and there would be no pardon and no indemnity.The Shadow of a Crime
Indemnity, swift and condign, does what mortal hand can do to heal the hurt.
But Monroe could not obtain any concession of principle or promise of indemnity.Union and Democracy
Invernahyle was afterwards pardoned under the Act of Indemnity.Waverley
Sir Walter Scott
- compensation for loss or damage; reimbursement
- protection or insurance against future loss or damage
- legal exemption from penalties or liabilities incurred through one's acts or defaults
- (in Canada) the salary paid to a member of Parliament or of a legislature
- act of indemnity an act of Parliament granting exemption to public officers from technical penalties that they may have been compelled to incur
C15: from Late Latin indemnitās, from indemnis uninjured, from Latin in- 1 + damnum damage
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Word Origin and History for indemnity
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