imp unity

impunity

[im-pyoo-ni-tee]
noun
1.
exemption from punishment.
2.
immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin impūnitās, equivalent to im- im-2 + pūnitās punishment (pūn- (stem of punīre to punish) + -itās -ity); see punitive

immunity, impunity.


See exemption.
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impunity (ɪmˈpjuːnɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  exemption or immunity from punishment or recrimination
2.  exemption or immunity from unpleasant consequences: a successful career marked by impunity from early mistakes
3.  with impunity
 a.  with no unpleasant consequences
 b.  with no care or heed for such consequences
 
[C16: from Latin impūnitās freedom from punishment, from impūnis unpunished, from im- (not) + poena punishment]

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impunity
1532, from L. impunitatem (nom. impunitas) "freedom from punishment, omission of punishment," from impunis "unpunished, without punishment," from in- "not" + poena "punishment" (see penal).
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