noncriminal

adjective

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sadler has said Arkansas law prevents state police from addressing noncriminal investigations conducted by the child maltreatment division. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 8 Oct. 2022 Other than noncriminal neighbor disputes, the suspect was not known to the department, White said. Andrea May Sahouri, Detroit Free Press, 1 Aug. 2022 The trend of schools with armed security is for teachers to rely heavily on resource officers to enforce school rules, which result in more arrests for age-appropriate and noncriminal behavior. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 26 July 2022 The task force’s goal was to try to understand why Michigan incarcerates so many young people for noncriminal offenses — and suggest ways to reduce the number. Jodi S. Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2022 The task force’s goal was to try to understand why Michigan incarcerates so many young people for noncriminal offenses — and suggest ways to reduce the number. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 22 July 2022 Rather than deter delinquent behavior, national research shows SROs contribute to an increase in arrests for noncriminal behavior and directly introduce children to the juvenile justice system. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 The final version, though, referred to a code section that defines noncriminal pornography. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 According to a BuzzFeed News analysis of a federal database of deportation cases in America, an overwhelming majority of immigrants facing deportation on noncriminal grounds who are placed in detention centres are Latinx. Alejandra Oliva, refinery29.com, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncriminal was in 1711

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“Noncriminal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noncriminal. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition

noncriminal

adjective

non·​crim·​i·​nal
ˌnän-ˈkri-mən-ᵊl
: not criminal
noncriminal conduct

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