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amnesty

noun uk   /ˈæm.nɪ.sti/ us  
[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.
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