impunity (n.) 1530s, from M.Fr. impunité (14c.) and directly from L. impunitatem (nom. impunitas) "freedom from punishment, omission of punishment," also "rashness, inconsideration," from impunis "unpunished, without punishment," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + poena "punishment" (see PENAL (Cf. penal)).

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