WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
de•crim•i•nal•ize /diˈkrɪmənəˌlaɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [ + obj], -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. to eliminate criminal penalties for:to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
de•crim•i•nal•ize  (dē krimə nl īz′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against:to decriminalize marijuana.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] de•crimi•nal•ise′.  [1965–70, Amer.;
de- + criminal + -ize]
de•crim′i•nal•i•zation, n. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

decriminalize, decriminalise /diːˈkrɪmənəˌlaɪz/ vb
  1. (transitive) to remove (an action) from the legal category of criminal offence: to decriminalize the possession of marijuana



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