Definitions

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  • adj. Not punishable; unable to be punished.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not punishable; not capable or deserving of being punished: applied to persons or things.

Etymologies

un- +‎ punishable (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I.e., trying Nazis for acts considered criminal by the international community that were legal under German law at the time or unpunishable because that regime and its laws were no long considered legitimate.

    Matthew Yglesias » Inhofe Kinda Sorta Admits Waterboarding is Torture

  • It will be marked as the day when, once again, Pakistan's colonial criminal justice system failed to protect the vulnerable, thereby rendering a heinous crime such as gang rape almost unpunishable.

    Thor Halvorssen: Monsters Rule in Pakistan; Rape is Public Policy

  • Now, the indiscriminate killing of civilians, the inaccessible torture centres, the unpunishable rape and violation of the innocents, all this became the quotidian norm of a post-national army, mercenaries – and merciless.

    18 « August « 2008 « Niqnaq

  • The motive which in other contexts is unpunishable enhances punishment when attached to an illegal act; just like hate crimes.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Lederman on the Constitutionality of Hate Crimes Legislation

  • The Language Act was a perfect law, all tongue and no teeth, because its violators were virtually undetectable and literally unpunishable.

    Chapter 1/cats

  • But Corporate America has found a major loophole in our laws to allow these crimes to go unpunishable.

    Bankruptcy, not bailout, is the right answer

  • And she went on "We've reached the point in Britain where rape is a virtually unpunishable crime".

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • For the briefest moment, he considered an attempt at charm, to ask good-naturedly if he was that indistinguishable from the local rabble, but her answer might be another veiled, unpunishable insult.

    The Big Scam

  • He has to be captured or eliminated in order to put an end to this almost now mystical aura he has of being invincible, unfindable and unpunishable.

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2005

  • Both the children had a gentleness (it was their only fault, and it never made Miles a muff) that kept them — how shall I express it? — almost impersonal and certainly quite unpunishable.

    The Turn of the Screw

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