Definition of "decriminalization"
  1. The process of eliminating the criminal penalties of certain acts, so they are no longer considered crimes or liable to legal action
How to use "decriminalization" in a sentence
  1. Decriminalization of marijuana has been a contentious issue in many states.
  2. Under decriminalization, the act is no longer prosecutable, not necessarily making it legal.
  3. The debate on the decriminalization of petty theft continues.

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