unpunishable

unpunishable

(ʌnˈpʌnɪʃəbəl)
adj
not able to be punished
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Both the children had a gentleness (it was their only fault, and it never made Miles a muff) that kept them--how shall I express it?--almost impersonal and certainly quite unpunishable. They were like the cherubs of the anecdote, who had-- morally, at any rate--nothing to whack!
Early in Namwali Serpell's brilliant and many-layered debut novel, a turn-of-the-century British colonialist named Percy Clark wanders through the corner of what was then called Northwest Rhodesia (and is now the nation of Zambia) and complains: "I do seem plagued by the unpunishable crimes of others." It is, in a sense, a fitting slogan for the many ruinous aftereffects of colonialism, except here it is spoken by an agent and beneficiary of the colonizer.
Jurists often say that mere thoughts are unpunishable because
In the collective conscience and popular imagination of Mexicans, cases of corruption are merely seen as unpunishable crimes and the corrupt as unredeemable public officials.
The Obama administration's actions helped entrench a standard of accountability that stretches from beat cops to CIA officials, one in which breaking the law in the line of duty is unpunishable, but those suspected of a crime-- particularly if black, Muslim, or undocumented-- can be subjected to unspeakable cruelty whether or not they are ultimately guilty.
Furthermore, their dismal accounts portrayed the fishers as confronted with the impossible task of persuading an unpunishable industry to assume its patrimonial responsibility.
Their own conscience is shelved, an act made easier by the fact that many of those who use virtual means to harass and stalk women imagine these actions to be less real, and hence unpunishable.
Honour killings became virtually unpunishable with the introduction of the Qisas and Diyat laws in 1990.
I said that the Court preferred privacy to freedom of speech, but in this case, the direct statutory provision (202) that makes a speaker unpunishable was critical.
Would the student's comments be unpunishable, or would they not count as speech at all?
83r/ moderamine inculpatae tutelae (g) [with due moderation of blameless defense]: But it is not an imaginary (h) cause that either hath no (i) reality in it, or that ariseth not to that height as naturally to justify it, that can make such bodily injury Justifable by the Law of Nature, for tho there be no Terrene (20) Judge or Governor to punish it, yet that no more makes the thing lawfull, then the most unjust action under Heaven, that by the Power of the party comitting it, renders it (j) de facto unpunishable; (k)
knows how many unpunishable things like the times as a boy he'd