Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Exemption or freedom from punishment, harm, or loss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Exemption from punishment or penalty.
  • n. Freedom or exemption from injury, suffering, or discomfort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. exemption from punishment or loss

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin impūnitās, from impūne, without punishment : in-, not; see in-1 + poena, penalty (from Greek poinē; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots).

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From Latin impunitas, from impunis without punishment.

Examples

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  • imp + unity.

    February 13, 2010

  • None shall injure me with impunity.

    The motto for Scotland, noted with the thistle, the national symbol.

    June 10, 2009

  • Nemo me impune lacessit.

    April 18, 2007