What does impunity mean?

Definitions for impunity
ɪmˈpyu nɪ tiim·puni·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impunity(noun)

    exemption from punishment or loss


  1. impunity(Noun)

    Exemption from punishment.

    Etymology: From impunitas, from impunis without punishment.

  2. impunity(Noun)

    Freedom from punishment or retribution; security from any reprisal or injurious consequences of an action, behaviour etc.

    Etymology: From impunitas, from impunis without punishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impunity(noun)

    exemption or freedom from punishment, harm, or loss

    Etymology: [L. impunitas, fr. impunis without punishment; pref. im- not + poena punishment: cf. F. impunit. See Pain.]


  1. Impunity

    Impunity means "exemption from punishment or loss or escape from fines". In the international law of human rights, it refers to the failure to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice and, as such, itself constitutes a denial of the victims' right to justice and redress. Impunity is especially common in countries that lack a tradition of the rule of law, suffer from corruption or that have entrenched systems of patronage, or where the judiciary is weak or members of the security forces are protected by special jurisdictions or immunities. The amended Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights Through Action to Combat Impunity, submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on 8 February 2005, defines impunity as: The First Principle of that same document states that: Truth and reconciliation commissions are frequently established by nations emerging from periods marked by human rights violations – coups d'état, military dictatorships, civil wars, etc. – in order to cast light on the events of the past. While such mechanisms can assist in the ultimate prosecution of crimes and punishment of the guilty, they have often been criticised for perpetuating impunity by enabling violators to seek protection of concurrently adopted amnesty laws.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impunity

    im-pūn′i-ti, n. freedom or safety from punishment: exemption from injury or loss. [Fr.,—L. impunitat-emin, not, pœna, punishment.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impunity in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impunity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of impunity in a Sentence

  1. French Proverb:

    Travellers from afar can lie with impunity.

  2. Hank Johnson:

    There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming.

  3. Paulino Guajajara:

    All the people that don't like us feel that they have clearance to kill, because they know that impunity rules, the time has come to say: that's enough.

  4. Carlos Martin Beristain:

    If solved it will be a positive sign that impunity can be overcome in many other cases.

  5. Marco Rubio:

    My belief that if you're Bashar al-Assad and you read that it is no longer a priority of the United States to have you removed from power, I believe that that is an incentive to act with impunity.

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