Definition of decriminalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

decriminalize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌdiˈkrɪmənəˌlaɪz//
 
decriminalize somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decriminalize
 
he / she / it decriminalizes
 
past simple decriminalized
 
-ing form decriminalizing
 
 
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to change the law so that something is no longer illegal There are moves to decriminalize some soft drugs. opposite criminalize
decriminalization
 
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NAmE//ˌdiˌkrɪmənələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: decriminalize