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Meaning of amnesty

am•nes•ty

Pronunciation: (am'nu-stē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -ties, -tied, -ty•ing.
—n.
  1. a general pardon for offenses, esp. political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction.
  2. an act of forgiveness for past offenses, esp. to a class of persons as a whole.
  3. a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense.
—v.t.
  1. to grant amnesty to; pardon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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