- immunity, impunity
- These "look-alikes" mean "exemption," but immunity has a larger number of applications. Impunity means only "exemption from punishment" or "freedom from unpleasant consequences": "You cannot disobey the law with impunity." "No one can exhaust himself physically with impunity." Immunity shares these meanings with impunity but also means a state of being exempt from (not subject to) a disease and from any liability, obligation, or service: "He was granted immunity from local taxation." "He was healthy enough to think that he possessed immunity from all diseases."
Dictionary of problem words and expressions. Harry Shaw. 1975.
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impunity — immunity, impunity In non medical contexts immunity means ‘freedom or exemption from an obligation, penalty, or unfavourable circumstance’ and like immune can be followed by to or from: • Balder was a son of the most senior god, Odin, and one… … Modern English usage
immunity — immunity, impunity In non medical contexts immunity means ‘freedom or exemption from an obligation, penalty, or unfavourable circumstance’ and like immune can be followed by to or from: • Balder was a son of the most senior god, Odin, and one… … Modern English usage
impunity — See immunity. See immunity, impunity … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
immunity — See immunity, impunity … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
immunity — im·mu·ni·ty /i myü nə tē/ n pl ties [Latin immunitas, from immunis exempt from public service, exempt, from in non + munis (from munia services)] 1: exemption from a duty or liability that is granted by law to a person or class of persons a… … Law dictionary
impunity — I noun absolution, acquittal, amnesty, condonation, dispensation, escape, exemption, exemption from judgment, exemption from penalty, exemption from punishment, freedom, freedom from judgment, freedom from penalty, freedom from punishment,… … Law dictionary
impunity — [n] freedom dispensation, exception, exemption, immunity, liberty, license, nonliability, permission, privilege, security; concept 376 Ant. imprisonment, incarceration … New thesaurus
immunity — [n] privilege, exemption amnesty, charter, exoneration, franchise, freedom, impunity, indemnity, invulnerability, liberty, license, prerogative, protection, release, resistance, right; concepts 316,376,388 Ant. defenselessness, responsibility,… … New thesaurus
immunity — Synonyms and related words: absolution, acquired immunity, active immunity, amnesty, antibody, antigen, artificial immunity, assurance, blank check, carte blanche, charter, clear sailing, congenital immunity, copyright, diplomatic immunity,… … Moby Thesaurus
impunity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. exemption, immunity. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. exemption, dispensation, privilege; see exception 1 , exemption . See Synonym Study at exemption . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n. [im… … English dictionary for students