Definition of “decriminalize” - English Dictionary

“decriminalize” in British English

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decriminalizeverb [ T ]

UK usually decriminalise uk /ˌdiːˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl.aɪz/ us /ˌdiːˈkrɪm.ə.nəl.aɪz/

to stop something from being illegal:

the campaign to decriminalize marijuana
decriminalization
noun [ U ] UK usually decriminalisation uk /ˌdiː.krɪm.ɪ.nə.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌdiː.krɪm.ə.nə.ləˈzeɪ.ʃən/

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

“decriminalize” in American English

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decriminalizeverb [ T ]

us /diˈkrɪm·ə·nəlˌɑɪz/

to make a particular act no longer illegal by changing a law

decriminalization
noun [ U ] us /ˌdiˌkrɪm·ə·nəl·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/

decriminalization of minor offenses

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

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