first-degree

adjective

Definition of first-degree

1 US : of the most serious type : deserving the harshest punishment first-degree murder/theft/arson
2 : of the least harmful or mildest type He suffered a first-degree burn.

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“First-degree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first-degree. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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first-degree

adjective
\ ˈfərst-di-ˈgrē How to pronounce first-degree (audio) \

Medical Definition of first-degree

: of the lowest or mildest in a series of categories a first-degree laceration

first degree

noun

Legal Definition of first degree

: the grade given to the most serious forms of crimes burglary in the first degree

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first-degree adjective

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