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Act of indemnity


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Act of indemnity a statute passed for the protection of those who have committed some illegal act subjecting them to penalties.
    • Act of indemnity (Law) an act or law passed in order to relieve persons, especially in an official station, from some penalty to which they are liable in consequence of acting illegally, or, in case of ministers, in consequence of exceeding the limits of their strict constitutional powers. These acts also sometimes provide compensation for losses or damage, either incurred in the service of the government, or resulting from some public measure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Act of Indemnity an act or decree for the protection of public officers from any technical or legal penalties or liabilities they may have been compelled to incur
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. indemnis, unharmed—in, not, damnum, loss, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The two acts of indemnity in the Theodosian Code, l. ix.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 3" by Edward Gibbon
Bacon got his commission and an Act of Indemnity for all chance political offenses.
"Pioneers of the Old South" by Mary Johnston
Invernahyle was afterwards pardoned under the Act of Indemnity.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
And, if it was, a Bill of Indemnity for having acted without it was equally necessary.
"The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860" by Charles Duke Yonge
At his trial there arose a doubt whether the fact he had committed was not pardoned by the Act of Indemnity then lately granted.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
Yet of all the laws which a Legislature can pass an Act of Indemnity is the most likely to produce injustice.
"A Leap in the Dark" by A.V. Dicey
History is resorted to for other acts of indemnity in other times.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
In the Act of Indemnity passed by Parliament the names of Whalley and Goffe were among those left out.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He gave them an act of indemnity, and that was the last of his acts.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
After the establishment of the Protectorate an Act of Indemnity was passed for the Scottish people.
"Claverhouse" by Mowbray Morris
Acts of indemnity and oblivion, probable effects of, as a means of reconciling France to a monarchy, iv.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
They were acts of indemnity for the King.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
At last, the act of indemnity set him free.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
Gabinius's acquittal is looked upon as a general act of indemnity.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
These measures, and a general Act of Indemnity which followed them, proved effective for their purpose.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
After that came the Act of Indemnity, a general pardon for all who had taken part against the royal cause.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Indemnity, the Act of, 249.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
He upheld the Act of Indemnity against all the attempts of the royalists to upset it.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Fitzgerald, however, was not only protected from question by an Act of Indemnity, but rewarded with a title.
"Irish History and the Irish Question" by Goldwin Smith
Meanwhile the session wore on, and William's cherished project of an Act of Indemnity was no nearer realisation.
"William the Third" by H. D. Traill