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diplomatic immunity

noun
1.
exemption from taxation, searches, arrest, etc., enjoyed by diplomatic officials and their dependent families under international law, and usually on a reciprocal basis.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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Examples from the web for diplomatic immunity
  • The diplomat was arrested and charged, but officials were forced to release him after he requested diplomatic immunity.
  • Citizens with capitulations had a personal status comparable to diplomatic immunity today.
  • We have diplomatic immunity because all countries know that they need to go outside of those lines to do their jobs properly.
  • Develop policies to ensure that diplomatic immunity does not result in impunity for human trafficking crimes.
British Dictionary definitions for diplomatic immunity

diplomatic immunity

noun
1.
the immunity from local jurisdiction and exemption from taxation in the country to which they are accredited afforded to diplomats
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diplomatic immunity in Culture

diplomatic immunity definition


Exemption of diplomats — ambassadors and other representatives of a foreign nation — from the laws of the nation to which they are assigned.

Note: Foreign representatives have sometimes gone unpunished for serious crimes after claiming diplomatic immunity. The main purpose of diplomatic immunity, however, is to protect diplomats from harassment or arrest by their host government.
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Encyclopedia Article for diplomatic immunity

in international law, the immunities enjoyed by foreign states or international organizations and their official representatives from the jurisdiction of the country in which they are present.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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