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immunity US English

The ability of an organism to resist a particular infection or toxin by the action of specific antibodies or sensitized white blood cells

immunity US Thesaurus

an immunity to malaria

herd immunity US English

General immunity to a pathogen in a population based on the acquired immunity to it by a high proportion of members over time

active immunity US English

The immunity that results from the production of antibodies by the immune system in response to the presence of an antigen

passive immunity US English

The short-term immunity that results from the introduction of antibodies from another person or animal

diplomatic immunity US English

The privilege of exemption from certain laws and taxes granted to diplomats by the country in which they are working

public interest immunity US English

(In the UK and some Commonwealth countries) a principle by which the government can request that sensitive documents are not used as evidence in a trial, on the grounds that to do so would be against the public or national interest


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