amnesty

An act of the sovereign power granting oblivion, or a general pardon for a past offense, which is rarely, if ever, exercised in favor of single individuals, but is usually exerted in behalf of certain classes of persons, who are subject to trial, but have not yet been convicted. 39 Am J1st Pard § 6. See pardon; reprieve.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

Synonyms:
(granted to whole classes of persons), (by proclamation), ,


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