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noun fel·o·ny \ˈfe-lə-nē\

law : a serious crime (such as murder or rape)

plural fel·o·nies

Full Definition of FELONY

:  an act on the part of a feudal vassal involving the forfeiture of his fee
a :  a grave crime formerly differing from a misdemeanor under English common law by involving forfeiture in addition to any other punishment
b :  a grave crime declared to be a felony by the common law or by statute regardless of the punishment actually imposed
c :  a crime declared a felony by statute because of the punishment imposed
d :  a crime for which the punishment in federal law may be death or imprisonment for more than one year

Examples of FELONY

  1. The crime is considered a felony under state law.
  2. He was convicted of felony murder.

First Known Use of FELONY

14th century

Other Legal Terms

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FELONY Defined for Kids


noun fel·o·ny \ˈfe-lə-nē\
plural fel·o·nies

Definition of FELONY for Kids

:  a very serious crime


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