amnesty Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"amnesty" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈæm.nɪ.sti/
[C or U] a ​decision by a ​government that ​allowspoliticalprisoners to go ​free: Most ​politicalprisoners were ​freed under the ​terms of the amnesty. [C usually singular] a ​fixedperiod of ​time during which ​people are not ​punished for ​committing a ​particularcrime: People who ​hand in ​illegalweapons will not be ​prosecuted during the amnesty. The ​governmentrefused to ​declare an amnesty forpeople who had not ​paid the ​disputedtax.
(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 ​forgivepeople who have ​committedparticularillegalacts or ​crimes, and not to ​punish them: [C] The ​state has ​declared an amnesty for ​individuals who ​paytheiroutstanding back ​taxes.
(Definition of amnesty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “amnesty”
in Spanish amnistía…
in Vietnamese sự ân xá…
in Malaysian pengampunan…
in Thai นิรโทษกรรม…
in French amnistie…
in German die Amnestie…
in Chinese (Simplified) (对政治犯的)赦免,大赦, 赦免期…
in Turkish genel af, teslim olma, itirafçı olma…
in Russian амнистия…
in Indonesian pengampunan…
in Chinese (Traditional) (對政治犯的)赦免,大赦, 赦免期…
in Polish amnestia…
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