Pronunciation: (am'nu-stē), [key]
—n., pl. -ties,
—v., -tied, -ty•ing.
1. a general pardon for offenses, esp. political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction.
2. Law.an act of forgiveness for past offenses, esp. to a class of persons as a whole.
3. a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense.
to grant amnesty to; pardon.
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