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.

Medical Dictionary

first-degree

adjective \ ˈfərst-di-ˈgrē \

medical Definition of first-degree

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

Law Dictionary

first degree

noun

legal Definition of first degree

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

first-degree

adjective

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