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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The president and his accolades say your report found no collusion, though your report explicitly declined to address that question, since collusion can involve both criminal and noncriminal conduct. NBC News, "Full transcript: Mueller testimony before House Judiciary, Intelligence committees," 25 July 2019 The city of Seattle is supplementing the ranks of police by hiring 12 unarmed, noncommissioned officers to respond to noncriminal calls and help connect people with social services. Brian Contreras, The Seattle Times, "City to hire 12 unarmed, noncommissioned officers as Seattle police deal with staffing, public image," 25 June 2019 Possessing up to 25 grams of marijuana has been a noncriminal offense in New York since 1977. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Albany Nears Passage of Bill to Decriminalize Pot," 20 June 2019 The Seattle Times reports the 12 officers hired for the community service officer program will respond to noncriminal calls and help connect residents with city services. USA TODAY, "Troll trail, coal train derailment, geyser record: News from around our 50 states," 27 June 2019 Unlike their white counterparts, they are considered suspicious for mundane, noncriminal behaviors — their style of hair or dress, teeth too gold, pants too low. Vesla Mae Weaver, Vox, "The Kavanaugh hearings show who we afford a second chance and who we don’t," 28 Sep. 2018 Last year, the department stopped using noncriminal, civil citations to try to deter fireworks activity and hammered suspects with criminal citations. Jeanette Marantos,, "Skip the fines and fires caused by illegal shows. L.A. has plenty of legal fireworks displays," 3 July 2018 For its part, the U.S. should use its remaining influence in the country to voice support for noncriminal candidates in the coming elections, and back Mr. Ghani’s efforts to restore civil debate and compromise in Afghan politics. Javid Ahmad, WSJ, "The Mafia That Threatens Afghanistan," 19 Sep. 2018 Some immigration activists have said ICE uses that information to racially profile residents and target noncriminal undocumented immigrants. Anna Orso,, "City requests meeting with ICE officials on future of data-sharing agreement," 12 July 2018

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1711, in the meaning defined above

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

Legal Definition of noncriminal

: not criminal noncriminal conduct

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