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criminalize

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verb crim·i·nal·ize \ˈkri-mə-nəl-ˌīz, ˈkrim-nə-ˌlīz\

Simple Definition of criminalize

  • : to make (something) illegal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of criminalize

criminalizedcriminalizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make illegal; also :  to turn into a criminal or treat as criminal

criminalization play \ˌkri-mə-nəl-ə-ˈzā-shən, ˌkrim-nə-lə-ˈzā-\ noun

Examples of criminalize in a sentence

  1. a law that criminalized alcohol

  2. <wanted to criminalize an activity that the mountaineers had been engaging in for generations>



Circa 1956

First Known Use of criminalize

circa 1956


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criminalize

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transitive verb crim·i·nal·ize \ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌlīz\

Legal Definition of criminalize

criminalizedcriminalizing

  1. :  to make criminal :  outlaw <the statute criminalizing the use of contraceptives — R. H. Bork> — compare illegalize

criminalization \ˌkri-mə-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌlī-\ play noun



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