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decriminalization (n.)

1945; see de- + criminal (adj.) + -ization. Especially in reference to narcotics since c. 1968.

updated on July 11, 2018

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Definitions of decriminalization from WordNet

decriminalization (n.)
legislation that makes something legal that was formerly illegal;
Synonyms: decriminalisation
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