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English definition of “amnesty”

amnesty

noun     /ˈæm.nɪ.sti/
[C or U] a decision by a government that allows political prisoners to go free: Most political prisoners were freed under the terms of the amnesty.Not punishing and reducing punishment [C usually singular] a fixed period of time during which people are not punished for committing a particular crime: People who hand in illegal weapons will not be prosecuted during the amnesty. The government refused to declare an amnesty for people who had not paid the disputed tax.Not punishing and reducing punishment
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