decriminalize - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theydecriminalize
he/she/itdecriminalizes
present participledecriminalizing
past tensedecriminalized
past participledecriminalized
  1. to change the law so that something that was illegal becomes legal

    a campaign to decriminalize possession of cannabis

derived word

decriminalization

 

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/ˌdiːkrɪmɪnəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [uncountable]