misdemeanor

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noun mis·de·mean·or \-di-ˈmē-nər\

Definition of misdemeanor

  1. 1 :  a crime less serious than a felony (see felony 2) defacing school property is a misdemeanor — Jessica Portner

  2. 2 :  misdeed Student misdemeanors will not go unpunished.

15th Century

First Known Use of misdemeanor

15th century


MISDEMEANOR Defined for English Language Learners

misdemeanor

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noun mis·de·mean·or \-di-ˈmē-nər\

Definition of misdemeanor for English Language Learners

  • law : a crime that is not very serious : a crime that is less serious than a felony


MISDEMEANOR Defined for Kids

misdemeanor

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noun mis·de·mean·or \ˌmis-di-ˈmē-nər\

Definition of misdemeanor for Students

  1. 1 :  a crime less serious than a felony

  2. 2 :  misdeed


Law Dictionary

misdemeanor

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noun mis·de·mean·or \ˌmis-di-ˈmē-nər\

Legal Definition of misdemeanor

  1. :  a crime that carries a less severe punishment than a felony; specifically :  a crime punishable by a fine and by a term of imprisonment not to be served in a penitentiary and not to exceed one year — compare felony



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