robbery

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noun rob·bery \ ˈrä-b(ə-)rē \

Definition of robbery

plural robberies
:the act or practice of robbing; specifically :larceny from the person or presence of another by violence or threat

Examples of robbery in a Sentence

  1. a series of armed robberies

  2. They foiled a bank robbery.

  3. He is charged with attempted robbery.

  4. She was arrested for robbery.

Recent Examples of robbery from the Web

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First Known Use of robbery

13th century



ROBBERY Defined for English Language Learners

robbery

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Definition of robbery for English Language Learners

  • : the crime of stealing money or property : the crime of robbing a person or place


ROBBERY Defined for Kids

robbery

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noun rob·bery \ ˈrä-bə-rē , ˈräb-rē \

Definition of robbery for Students

plural robberies
:the act or practice of taking something unlawfully

Law Dictionary

robbery

noun rob·bery

legal Definition of robbery

plural robberies
:the unlawful taking away of personal property from a person by violence or by threat of violence that causes fear :larceny from the person or immediate presence of another by violence or threat of violence and with intent to steal
aggravated robbery
:robbery committed with aggravating factors (as use of a weapon, infliction of bodily injury, or use of an accomplice)
armed robbery
:robbery committed by a person armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon
simple robbery
:robbery that does not involve any aggravating factors

Origin and Etymology of robbery

Anglo-French robberie roberie, from Old French, from rober to take something away from a person by force



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