non·​crim·​i·​nal | \ ˌnän-ˈkri-mə-nᵊl How to pronounce noncriminal (audio) , -ˈkrim-nəl \

Definition of noncriminal

: not criminal : not relating to, involving, or being a crime a noncriminal civil offense : not guilty of or prone to criminal activity … has studied the prefrontal cortex of both violent criminals who were murderers, and noncriminal people, by way of MRI scans.— Colleen Reynolds

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Recent Examples on the Web When McGirt was decided, state officials also warned the court, in sometimes hyperbolic terms, that thousands of convictions would be overturned and that noncriminal aspects of Oklahoma’s governance could be affected. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 During the meeting Thursday, Bas said the city is seeking ways to prevent violence and alternatives to police for responding to nonviolent, noncriminal calls for service. Melissa Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 In Minnesota, a petty misdemeanor is considered a noncriminal infraction, but may show up on background checks and include monetary fines of several hundred dollars. Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Michigan children regularly are incarcerated for probation violations and other noncriminal offenses even as many states have moved away from doing so. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 9 June 2021 Michigan children regularly are incarcerated for probation violations and other noncriminal offenses despite many states shifting away from the practice. Dave Boucher And Jodi Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2021 In 2019, after being sued by the ACLU, California’s Riverside County stopped using a voluntary probation program that designated young people as at risk of criminality for noncriminal behavior. NBC News, 6 June 2021 Kamlager said 70% of calls to 911 are nonviolent and noncriminal in nature. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2021 Evans said the center adheres to a strict set of rules that prohibit the gathering of information about individuals engaged in noncriminal activities. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 6 Mar. 2021

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1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncriminal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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non·​crim·​i·​nal | \ ˌnän-ˈkri-mən-ᵊl \

Legal Definition of noncriminal

: not criminal noncriminal conduct

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