immunity: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (i-my'ni-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
- the state of being immune from or insusceptible to a particular disease or the like.
- the condition that permits either natural or acquired resistance to disease.
- the ability of a cell to react immunologically in the presence of an antigen.
- exemption from any natural or usual liability.
- exemption from obligation, service, duty, or liability to taxation, jurisdiction, etc.: The ambassador claimed diplomatic immunity when they arrested him for reckless driving.
- exemption from criminal prosecution or legal liability or punishment on certain conditions.
- special privilege.
- the exemption of ecclesiastical persons and things from secular or civil liabilities, duties, and burdens.
- a particular exemption of this kind.