breaking and entering

noun
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of breaking and entering

: the act of forcing or otherwise gaining unlawful passage into and entering another's building

Examples of breaking and entering in a Sentence

  1. The thief was arrested and charged with breaking and entering.

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First Known Use of breaking and entering

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BREAKING AND ENTERING Defined for English Language Learners

breaking and entering

Definition of breaking and entering for English Language Learners

  • law : the crime of illegally entering a house, building, etc., especially by using force


Law Dictionary

breaking and entering

noun

legal Definition of breaking and entering

: the act of gaining passage into and entering another's property (as a building or vehicle) without privilege or by force; also : the crime of breaking and entering — see also burglary

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