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

Definition of criminal

  1. 1 :  relating to, involving, or being a crime <criminal neglect>

  2. 2 :  relating to crime or to the prosecution of suspects in a crime <criminal statistics> <brought criminal action>

  3. 3 :  guilty of crime; also :  of or befitting a criminal <a criminal mind>

  4. 4 :  disgraceful

criminally

adverb

Examples of criminal in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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noun crim·i·nal

Definition of criminal

  1. 1 :  one who has committed a crime

  2. 2 :  a person who has been convicted of a crime

Examples of criminal in a sentence

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

Circa 1626

First Known Use of criminal

circa 1626



CRIMINAL Defined for English Language Learners

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

Definition of criminal for English Language Learners

  • : involving illegal activity : relating to crime

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

  • : morally wrong


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noun crim·i·nal

Definition of criminal for English Language Learners

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


CRIMINAL Defined for Kids

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adjective crim·i·nal \ˈkri-mə-nəl\

Definition of criminal for Students

  1. 1 :  being or guilty of an act that is unlawful, foolish, or wrong

  2. 2 :  relating to unlawful acts or their punishment <criminal law>

criminally

\-nəl-ē\ adverb

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noun crim·i·nal

Definition of criminal for Students

  1. :  a person who has committed an unlawful act


Law Dictionary

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adjective crim·i·nal \ˈkri-mə-nəl\

Legal Definition of criminal

  1. 1 :  relating to, involving, or being a crime <criminal neglect> <criminal conduct>

  2. 2 :  relating to crime or its prosecution <brought a criminal action> <criminal code> — compare civil 4, penal


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noun crim·i·nal

Legal Definition of criminal

  1. 1 :  one who has committed a crime

  2. 2 :  a person who has been convicted of a crime



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