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

Examples of noncriminal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new proposal would keep the same noncriminal traffic ticket, which can vary from $60 to $158 because of fees and surcharges, according to a bill analysis. Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 Epps said funds for the LAPD should be redistributed to support more social workers and other professionals who can respond to nonviolent and noncriminal calls. Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 The tally does not include people killed in homicides deemed to be noncriminal, such as justified police shootings or cases of self-defense. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024 Data obtained by the task force from 32 counties, representing about 55% of the juvenile population, determined that roughly 23% of cases referred to courts by prosecutors were for noncriminal offenses such as truancy, running away and incorrigibility. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 13 Dec. 2023 George had introduced a variety of reforms, including eliminating cash bail and declining to prosecute cases where evidence was obtained during noncriminal traffic stops, like those for broken taillights. Jeremy Kohler, ProPublica, 11 Oct. 2023 Data obtained by the task force from 32 counties, representing about 55% of the juvenile population, found that about 23% of cases referred to court by prosecutors were for a type of noncriminal offense that includes truancy, running away and incorrigibility. Jodi S. Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2022 Students across the state continue to get costly tickets for noncriminal infractions including having vape pens, fighting at school and engaging in other adolescent behavior that some say would be better handled by school officials, not the police. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 29 June 2023 Citing the girl’s apparent history of medical problems, police at the time said the death had been classified as a noncriminal matter and closed. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2023

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: not criminal
noncriminal conduct

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