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immunity British & World 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 English Thesaurus

the children have an immunity to malaria

herd immunity British & World English

The resistance to the spread of a contagious disease within a population that results if a sufficiently high proportion of individuals are immune to the disease, especially through vaccination

active immunity British & World English

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

passive immunity British & World English

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

diplomatic immunity British & World English

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

public interest immunity British & World 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