petit larceny

noun

Definition of petit larceny

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

Examples of petit larceny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Misdemeanors—in particular, nonviolent offenses such as petit larceny and low-level drug possession—strongly correlate with poverty, homelessness and unstable housing, substance abuse, and behavioral-health issues. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2022 Plead guilty to petit larceny in exchange for a sentence of time served. Khari Johnson, Wired, 7 Mar. 2022 But when prosecutors wrote up the complaint against Myers, the top charge was downgraded from felony grand larceny to petit larceny, court records show. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 21 Feb. 2022 Augustin Garcia, 63, is facing charges of petit larceny, grand larceny, robbery, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal trespassing. Paul Best, Fox News, 1 Dec. 2021 After the student refused, he was arrested in the middle of the cafeteria and charged with disorderly conduct and petit larceny. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2019 In the Genesee County Jail in New York, where Mr. Reed recently began a six-month sentence for petit larceny, there were, for a time, only 35 people jailed, down from 90 before the pandemic, according to data compiled by the Vera Institute. The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 In the Genesee County Jail in New York, where Reed recently began a six-month sentence for petit larceny, there were, for a time, only 35 people jailed, down from 90 before the pandemic, according to data compiled by the Vera Institute. Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 Superior Court records show Webb was arrested for unlawful entry, destroying property and petit larceny in 1974. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of petit larceny

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petit larceny was circa 1580

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“Petit larceny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit%20larceny. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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Legal Definition of petit larceny

— see larceny

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