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immune (adj) (of disease) resistant to; protected from; (of a law/punishment) exempt from.

When a person is immune to a disease, they are not affected by it. They cannot catch the disease. A person immune to a disease is unaffected by it. Vaccination against a disease makes us immune to the disease, that is, it makes us safe from the disease. It cannot affect us. When you are immune from a law, you are exempt from it. It is not applicable to you. No action can be taken against you for violating a law if you are immune from it. In a democracy nobody shall be immune from any law or a deserved punishment. To get used to and not be affected by something unpleasant is to be immune to it. People are immune to criticism, if, because they have been criticized too often, they do not feel bad when anybody criticizes them; they just ignore it.

  • People affected by AIDS are no more immune to any disease. They lose the power of resistance to diseases.
  • Ambassadors from abroad are immune from the laws of the host country even when they commit crimes. They cannot be prosecuted according to the laws of the host country. All that the country can do is to order them out of the country.
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