impunity

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From Middle French impunité, from Latin impunitas, from impunis ‎(without punishment).

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impunity ‎(countable and uncountable, plural impunities)

  1. (countable, law) Exemption from punishment.
  2. (uncountable) Freedom from punishment or retribution; security from any reprisal or injurious consequences of an action, behaviour etc.
    • 1846, Edgar Allen Poe, The Cask of Amontillado:
      I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 495:
      The remoteness of the prison made the authorities feel they could ignore us with impunity.

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