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Meaning of decriminalize

de•crim•i•nal•ize

Pronunciation: (dē-krim'u-nl-īz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against: to decriminalize marijuana.
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