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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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 Thirty-three percent were considered noncriminal, compared with 21 percent of the 63,000 people arrested the same months a year earlier. Nomaan Merchant,, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 Summonses for unlawful possession of marijuana, a noncriminal violation, can come with fines up to $100, though city officials said the fine amounts were ultimately up to judges and could change depending on someone’s criminal history. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "New York City Will End Marijuana Arrests for Most People," 19 June 2018 During President Obama’s last year, about 16 percent of ICE arrests were of noncriminal immigrants; each month since July 2017, between 32 and 40 percent of arrestees have been noncriminals. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s “animals” remark and the ensuing controversy, explained," 21 May 2018 Washington officials hope to treat nearly all civil, or noncriminal, patients in community hospitals around the state to free up space for patients in the hospital’s criminal wards. Walker Orenstein, The Seattle Times, "Interim chief to leave Western State Hospital as $53M federal funding decision lies ahead," 10 June 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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