housebreaking

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noun house·break·ing \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrā-kiŋ\

Definition of housebreaking

  1. :  an act of breaking open and entering the dwelling house of another with a felonious purpose

housebreaker

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrā-kər\ noun

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First Known Use of housebreaking

1607


HOUSEBREAKING Defined for English Language Learners

housebreaking

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Definition of housebreaking for English Language Learners

  • : the act of forcefully entering someone's house in order to commit a crime (such as robbery)


Law Dictionary

housebreaking

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noun house·break·ing \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrā-kiŋ\

Legal Definition of housebreaking

  1. :  the act of breaking into and entering the dwelling house of another for the purpose of committing a felony

housebreaker

noun


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