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Definition of amnesty noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. amnesties)
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular, uncountable] an official statement that allows people who have been put in prison for crimes against the state to go free The president granted a general amnesty for all political prisoners. Guerrilla groups have accepted the government's offer of amnesty and have begun demobilizing.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] a period of time during which people can admit to a crime or give up weapons without being punished 2,000 knives have been handed in during the month-long amnesty.
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