Definition of robbery
: 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
a series of armed robberies
They foiled a bank robbery.
He is charged with attempted robbery.
She was arrested for robbery.
First Known Use of robbery
ROBBERY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of robbery for Students
: the act or practice of taking something unlawfully
Legal Definition of robbery
: 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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