[syn: exemption, immunity, granting immunity]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Immunity \Im*mu"ni*ty\, n.; pl. Immunities. [L. immunitas, fr.
immunis free from a public service; pref. im- not + munis
complaisant, obliging, cf. munus service, duty: cf. F.
immunit['e]. See Common, and cf. Mean, a.]
1. Freedom or exemption from any charge, duty, obligation,
office, tax, imposition, penalty, or service; a particular
privilege; as, the immunities of the free cities of
Germany; the immunities of the clergy.
2. Freedom; exemption; as, immunity from error.
3. The state of being insusceptible to disease, certain
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the state of not being susceptible; "unsusceptibility to
rust" [syn: unsusceptibility, immunity] [ant:
2: (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist
disease [syn: immunity, resistance]
3: the quality of being unaffected by something; "immunity to
4: an act exempting someone; "he was granted immunity from
prosecution" [syn: exemption, immunity, granting
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
93 Moby Thesaurus words for "immunity":
absolution, acquired immunity, active immunity, amnesty, antibody,
antigen, artificial immunity, assurance, blank check,
carte blanche, charter, clear sailing, congenital immunity,
copyright, diplomatic immunity, discharge, dispensation, exception,
exclusion, exculpation, excuse, exemption, exoneration,
familial immunity, favor, franchise, freedom, grace, grant,
harmlessness, immunity theory, immunization, immunization therapy,
immunochemistry, immunology, immunotherapy, impunity, indemnity,
indulgence, inherent immunity, inherited immunity, inoculation,
insusceptibility, invulnerability, legislative immunity, liberty,
license, natural immunity, nolle prosequi, non prosequitur,
nonprosecution, nonspecific immunity, nonsusceptibility to disease,
opsonic immunity, pardon, passive immunity, patch test, patent,
permission, phagocytic immunity, privilege, protection,
racial immunity, redemption, release, remission, remission of sin,
reprieve, resistance, risklessness, safeguard, safeness, safety,
scratch test, security, serotherapeutics, serotherapy,
serum therapy, shrift, side-chain theory, sparing, special favor,
specific immunity, stay, surety, toxin-antitoxin immunity,
toxin-antitoxin immunization, tuberculin test, unsusceptibility,
vaccination, vaccine therapy, vaccinotherapy, warrant
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
IMMUNITY. An exemption from serving in an office, or performing duties which
the law generally requires other citizens to perform. Vide Dig. lib. 50, t.
6; 1 Chit. Cr. L. 821; 4 Har. & M'Hen. 341.