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decriminalize (v.)

1963, "to reform a criminal," back-formation from decriminalization. Meaning "to make legal something that formerly had been illegal" was in use by 1970 (there are isolated instances back to 1867). Related: Decriminalized; decriminalizing.

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Definitions of decriminalize from WordNet

decriminalize (v.)
make legal;
Synonyms: legalize / legalise / decriminalise / legitimize / legitimise / legitimate / legitimatize / legitimatise
From wordnet.princeton.edu