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English definition of “decriminalize”

decriminalize

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