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English definition of “decriminalize”


verb [T]    /diˈkrɪm·ə·nəlˌɑɪz/
to make a particular act no longer illegal by changing a law decriminalization    /ˌdiˌkrɪm·ə·nəl·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/ noun [U] decriminalization of minor offenses
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