criminality

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noun crim·i·nal·i·ty \ˌkri-mə-ˈna-lə-tē\

Definition of criminality

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being criminal

  2. 2 :  criminal activity urban criminality

Examples of criminality in a Sentence

  1. criminality and physical violence often go hand in hand

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Origin and Etymology of criminality

1criminal + -ity, perhaps after French criminalité


Law Dictionary

criminality

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noun crim·i·nal·i·ty \ˌkri-mə-ˈna-lə-tē\

Legal Definition of criminality

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being criminal can't understand the criminality of his act

  2. 2 :  crime 3 violent criminality



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