misdemeanor

noun mis·de·mean·or \ -di-ˈmē-nər \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of misdemeanor

1 :a crime less serious than a felony (see felony 2)
  • defacing school property is a misdemeanor
  • —Jessica Portner
2 :misdeed
  • Student misdemeanors will not go unpunished.

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First Known Use of misdemeanor

15th century


MISDEMEANOR Defined for English Language Learners

misdemeanor

noun

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

noun mis·de·mean·or \ ˌmis-di-ˈmē-nər \

Definition of misdemeanor for Students

1 :a crime less serious than a felony
2 :misdeed

Law Dictionary

misdemeanor

noun mis·de·mean·or \ ˌmis-di-ˈmē-nər \

legal Definition of misdemeanor

: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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