Definition of decriminalization in US English:

decriminalization

(British decriminalisation)

noun

  • See decriminalize

    • ‘But the committee, chaired by Labour MP Chris Mullin, firmly ruled out legalisation or decriminalisation of illegal drugs and said it was a step into the unknown.’
    • ‘Other important figures supported decriminalization or legalization in the 1970s with arguments that resembled those that would be used twenty years later.’
    • ‘He does not, so far as we know, support decriminalization of drugs.’
    • ‘The Committee recommends decriminalization of prostitution.’
    • ‘He stressed that the he would not be rushed into any quick decisions on legalisation or decriminalisation of the drug and cautioned that there was no easy way forward.’

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