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impunity

[im-pyoo-ni-tee] /ɪmˈpyu nɪ ti/
noun
1.
exemption from punishment.
2.
immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin impūnitās, equivalent to im- im-2 + pūnitās punishment (pūn- (stem of punīre to punish) + -itās -ity); see punitive
Can be confused
immunity, impunity.
Synonyms
See exemption.
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British Dictionary definitions for imp-unity

impunity

/ɪmˈpjuːnɪtɪ/
noun (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
  1. with no unpleasant consequences
  2. with no care or heed for such consequences
Word Origin
C16: from Latin impūnitās freedom from punishment, from impūnis unpunished, from im- (not) + poena punishment
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Word Origin and History for imp-unity

impunity

n.

1530s, from Middle French impunité (14c.) and directly from Latin impunitatem (nominative impunitas) "freedom from punishment, omission of punishment," also "rashness, inconsideration," from impunis "unpunished, without punishment," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + poena "punishment" (see penal).

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