decriminalization 1945, from DE- (Cf. de-) + CRIMINAL (Cf. criminal) + -IZE (Cf. -ize) + -ATION (Cf. -ation). Especially in reference to narcotics since c.1968.

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  • decriminalization — The repeal or amendment of statutes which made certain acts criminal, so that those acts no longer are crimes or subject to prosecution. Category: Criminal Law Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary. Gerald N …   Law dictionary

  • Decriminalization — or Decriminalisation is the abolition of criminal penalties in relation to certain acts, perhaps retroactively, though perhaps regulated permits or fines might still apply (for contrast, see: Legalization). The reverse process is criminalization …   Wikipedia

  • decriminalization — (Amer.) n. act of making something legal that was formerly illegal (also decriminalisation) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • decriminalization — decriminalize (also decriminalise) ► VERB ▪ cease to treat (something) as illegal. DERIVATIVES decriminalization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • decriminalization — noun see decriminalize …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decriminalization — See decriminalize. * * * …   Universalium

  • decriminalization — noun /diːˌkrɪmɪnəlaɪzˈeɪʃən/ The act of making a previously illegal activity no longer treatable as a criminal offence.<!but not the same as legalisation Ant: criminalization …   Wiktionary

  • decriminalization — de·crim·i·nal·iza·tion …   English syllables

  • decriminalization — See: decriminalize …   English dictionary

  • decriminalization — An official act generally accomplished by legislation, in which an act or omission, formerly criminal, is made non criminal and without punitive sanctions …   Black's law dictionary