amnesty

amnesty
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Greek amnēstia forgetfulness, from amnēstos forgotten, from a- + mnasthai to remember — more at mind Date: 1580 the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals • amnesty transitive verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(granted to whole classes of persons), (by proclamation), ,


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