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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Relative immunity to severe infection by a particular pathogen as a result of a chronic low-grade infection by the same pathogen.

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  • n. immunization due to having had the disease before

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of fortifying or guarding against objections.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of fortifying or guarding beforehand; a measure taken in advance to secure immunity from peril or objection.

Etymologies

French prémunition, from Latin praemūnītiō, praemūnītiōn-, fortification beforehand, from praemūnītus, past participle of praemūnīre, to fortify in advance : prae-, pre- + mūnīre, to fortify; see munition.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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