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1criminal

adjective crim·i·nal \ˈkri-mə-nəl, ˈkrim-nəl\

: involving illegal activity : relating to crime

: relating to laws that describe crimes rather than to laws about a person's rights

: morally wrong

Full Definition of CRIMINAL

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:  relating to, involving, or being a crime <criminal neglect>
2
:  relating to crime or to the prosecution of suspects in a crime <criminal statistics> <brought criminal action>
3
:  guilty of crime; also :  of or befitting a criminal <a criminal mind>
4
crim·i·nal·ly adverb
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Examples of CRIMINAL

  1. a history of criminal behavior
  2. The captain of the wrecked boat was accused of criminal negligence.
  3. The company brought criminal charges against her.
  4. It's criminal that the government is doing nothing to stop the problem.

Origin of CRIMINAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French criminal, from Late Latin criminalis, from Latin crimin-, crimen crime
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with CRIMINAL

2criminal

noun

: a person who has committed a crime or who has been proved to be guilty of a crime by a court

Full Definition of CRIMINAL

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:  one who has committed a crime
2
:  a person who has been convicted of a crime

Examples of CRIMINAL

  1. <car thieves, pickpockets, burglars, and other criminals>

First Known Use of CRIMINAL

circa 1626

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi
CRIMINAL Defined for Kids

1criminal

adjective crim·i·nal \ˈkri-mə-nəl\

Definition of CRIMINAL for Kids

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:  being or guilty of an act that is unlawful, foolish, or wrong
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:  relating to unlawful acts or their punishment <criminal law>
crim·i·nal·ly \-nəl-ē\ adverb

2criminal

noun

Definition of CRIMINAL for Kids

:  a person who has committed an unlawful act
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