- Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action: the impunity enjoyed by military officers implicated in civilian killings protesters burned flags on the streets with impunityMore example sentences
immunity, indemnity, exemption (from punishment), freedom from liability, nonliability, license; amnesty, dispensation, reprieve, pardon, exoneration; stay of execution; privilege, favoritism, special treatment, carte blanche
- Those involved in such attacks often enjoy complete impunity.
- War crimes will only end when potential war criminals fear punishment; that will only happen when we end impunity.
- There was a feeling that living was much harder for those who obeyed the law and that impunity favoured criminals.
mid 16th century: from Latin impunitas, from impunis 'unpunished', from in- 'not' + poena 'penalty' or punire 'punish'.