Definition of decriminalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /diːˈkrɪmɪn(ə)lʌɪz/
(also decriminalise)


[with object]
Cease to treat (something) as illegal or as a criminal offence: a battle to decriminalize cannabis
More example sentences
  • What is clear from this brief examination is that the decision to criminalise or decriminalise particular activities, whether by judicial decision or legislation, is far from straightforward.
  • This measure formally decriminalized the use of illegal drugs.
  • Federal and local governments are liberalizing drug laws, decriminalizing marijuana and allowing safe-injection centers to open in Vancouver.



Pronunciation: /ˌdiːˌkrɪmɪn(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • But the committee, chaired by Labour MP Chris Mullin, firmly ruled out legalisation or decriminalisation of illegal drugs and said it was a step into the unknown.
  • He does not, so far as we know, support decriminalization of drugs.
  • The Committee recommends decriminalization of prostitution.

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Line breaks: de|crim¦in¦al|ize

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