protection or security against damage or loss.
compensation for damage or loss sustained.
something paid by way of such compensation.
protection, as by insurance, from liabilities or penalties incurred by one’s actions.
legal exemption from penalties attaching to unconstitutional or illegal actions, granted to public officers and other persons.
Historical Examples

Learning of the attack on our seamen, the government sent an —— demand for apology and indemnity.
English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald

The right of indemnity does not, however, constitute the principal point.
The Sexual Question August Forel

The wife shall be entitled to indemnity for any money of her own used to pay such claims.
History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III) Various

But Monroe could not obtain any concession of principle or promise of indemnity.
Union and Democracy Allen Johnson

The Carthaginians, obliged to give up all their establishments in Sicily, paid an indemnity of 2,200 talents.
History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.

Invernahyle was afterwards pardoned under the Act of indemnity.
Waverley Sir Walter Scott

And what is the alternative in case the indemnity is not paid?
Graustark George Barr McCutcheon

After the suppression of the rebellion an act of indemnity was passed in 1801.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7 Various

To his mind the time seemed opportune for the seizure of East Florida as an indemnity for the outrages committed by the Seminoles.
Union and Democracy Allen Johnson

It had been practised during the Revolution, and indemnity avoided.
Thirty Years’ View (Vol. I of 2) Thomas Hart Benton

noun (pl) -ties
compensation for loss or damage; reimbursement
protection or insurance against future loss or damage
legal exemption from penalties or liabilities incurred through one’s acts or defaults
(in Canada) the salary paid to a member of Parliament or of a legislature
act of indemnity, an act of Parliament granting exemption to public officers from technical penalties that they may have been compelled to incur

mid-15c., from Middle French indemnité (14c.), from Late Latin indemnitatem (nominative indemnitas) “security for damage,” from Latin indemnis “unhurt, undamaged,” from in- “not, opposite of, without” (see in- (1)) + damnum “damage” (see damn).


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