de-criminalizing[ dee-krim-uh-nl-ahyz ]SEE DEFINITION OF de-criminalizing
Synonyms for de-criminalizing
- clean up
Antonyms for de-criminalizing
1963, "to reform a criminal," back-formation from decriminalization. Meaning "to make legal something that formerly had been illegal" was in use by 1970 (there are isolated instances back to 1867). Related: Decriminalized; decriminalizing.