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English definition of “decriminalize”


verb [T] uk (UK usually decriminalise)   /ˌdiːˈkrɪm.ɪ.nə.laɪz/ us  
to stop something from being illegal: the campaign to decriminalize cannabisLegislation and law-making
noun [U] uk (UK usually decriminalisation)   /ˌdiː.krɪm.ɪ.nə.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌdiː.krɪm.ɪ.nə.ləˈ-/
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