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.
Recent Examples of robbery from the Web
He is charged with first-degree robbery, which is a Class A felony that carries a sentence of up to life in prison.
Zabaleta Murillo-Ortiz, 28, is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with second-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree sexual misconduct.
Gaines was arrested in November 2016 and charged with the armed robbery of a Speedway station in Westmont that took place on Oct. 10.
The day before, another robbery took place about 7:45 p.m. in the 200 block of West 95th Street in Princeton Park.
After the game, Green did not hide his annoyance over what the Padres perceived to be a robbery.
The suspect, whom police describe as a man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 lbs, should be considered dangerous, as the robbery was violent, police said.
Robert Ray, 38, and Angela Chancellor, 34, were seen driving recklessly following three robberies in Highview, Okolona and Pleasure Ridge Park, said police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley.
Anyone with information about these two robberies is asked to contact the Hammond Police Detective Bureau at (219) 852-2906.
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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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