Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • adjective Not punishable; unable to be punished.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ punishable

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    shaykh abdalqadir speaks

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

    Chapter 1/cats

  • 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

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