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de·crim·i·nal·ize

 (dē-krĭm′ə-nə-līz′)
tr.v. de·crim·i·nal·ized, de·crim·i·nal·iz·ing, de·crim·i·nal·iz·es
To reduce or abolish criminal penalties for: decriminalize the use of marijuana.

de·crim′i·nal·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.

decriminalize

(diːˈkrɪmənəˌlaɪz) or

decriminalise

vb
(Law) (tr) to remove (an action) from the legal category of criminal offence: to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.
ˌdecriminaliˈzation, ˌdecriminaliˈsation n

de•crim•i•nal•ize

(diˈkrɪm ə nlˌaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to eliminate criminal penalties for: to decriminalize marijuana.
[1965–70, Amer.]
de•crim`i•nal•i•za′tion, n.

decriminalize


Past participle: decriminalized
Gerund: decriminalizing

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decriminalize

To declare that something that has been against the law is no longer considered a crime.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.decriminalize - make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized"
countenance, permit, allow, let - consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
monetise, monetize - give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country; "They monetized the lira"
criminalise, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw, criminalize - declare illegal; outlaw; "Marijuana is criminalized in the U.S."
Translations

decriminalize

[diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz] VTdespenalizar

decriminalize

[diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz] decriminalise (British) vt [+ cannabis, drugs, homosexuality, prostitution] → dépénaliser
Prostitution should be decriminalized → La prostitution devrait être dépénalisée.

decriminalize

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