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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Example sentences
Long established customs of hurtful character could formerly fence themselves
  in, and do their evil work with social impunity.
The increasingly blatant nature of the nonsense uttered with impunity in public
  discourse is chilling.
Yet with impunity and hubris this industry continues to seek the expansion of
  nuclear technology and energy production.
Once again the anti nukes have made the news using outright lies with impunity.
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