petit larceny


Definition of petit larceny 

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

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The female was charged with grand larceny of a firearm, credit card theft, possession of a schedule I or II narcotic, petit larceny, and trespassing into a vehicle. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William County," 30 May 2018 The Police Department could not confirm the public advocate’s analysis because before 2010, swipers were charged with petit larceny, not unlawful sale of transportation services, said Phillip Walzak, a spokesman for the Police Department. New York Times, "Selling MetroCard Swipes Remains Illegal, and a Way of Life," 17 June 2018 Waite was charged with criminal trespass, criminal mischief, petit larceny and resisting arrest. Fox News, "Drunk man steals beef jerky from 7-Eleven, breaks into New York home and urinates on porch, cops say," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of petit larceny

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

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Legal Definition of petit larceny 

see larceny

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