petit larceny

noun
Updated on: 7 Apr 2018

Definition of petit larceny

: larceny involving property of a value below a legally established minimum

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First Known Use of petit larceny

circa 1580


PETIT LARCENY Defined for English Language Learners

petit larceny

Definition of petit larceny for English Language Learners

  • law : the crime of stealing something that does not have a high value


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petit larceny

legal Definition of petit larceny

see larceny

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