Meaning of “amnesty” in the English Dictionary

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"amnesty" in British English

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uk /ˈæm.nə.sti/ us /ˈæm.nə.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.

[ 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.

(Definition of “amnesty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"amnesty" in American English

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amnestynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈæm·nə·sti/

politics & government a decision by a government to forgive people who have committed particular illegal acts or crimes, and not to punish them:

[ C ] The state has declared an amnesty for individuals who pay their outstanding back taxes.

(Definition of “amnesty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)