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

  • n. Exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Exemption from punishment.
  • n. Freedom from punishment or retribution; security from any reprisal or injurious consequences of an action, behaviour etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Exemption or freedom from punishment, harm, or loss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Exemption from punishment or penalty.
  • n. Freedom or exemption from injury, suffering, or discomfort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. exemption from punishment or loss

Etymologies

Latin impūnitās, from impūne, without punishment : in-, not; see in-1 + poena, penalty (from Greek poinē; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin impunitas, from impunis without punishment. (Wiktionary)

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