second-degree

adjective

Definition of second-degree

1 US, of a crime :of a level of seriousness that is less than first-degree :deserving punishment but not the most severe punishment
  • second-degree assault/murder
2 :causing a moderate level of injury
  • He received/suffered second-degree burns.
  • a second-degree concussion

second degree

noun

Definition of second degree

US
:the level of a crime that is less than first degree and deserves less severe punishment
  • He was charged with assault in the second degree.

Word by Word Definitions

second play
  1. : next to the first in place or time

  2. : next to the first in value, excellence, or degree

  3. : inferior, subordinate

  1. : one that is number two in a series — see Table of Numbers

  2. : one that is next after the first in rank, position, authority, or precedence

  3. : one that assists or supports another

  1. : the 60th part of a minute of angular measure

  2. : the 60th part of a minute of time : 1/86,400 part of the mean solar day

  3. : an instant of time : moment

  1. : to give support or encouragement to : assist

  2. : to support (a fighting person or group) in combat : bring up reinforcements for

  3. : to support or assist in contention or debate

degree play
  1. : a step or stage in a process, course, or order of classification

  2. : a rank or grade of official, ecclesiastical, or social position

  3. : a particular standing especially as to dignity or worth


Law Dictionary

second degree

noun sec·ond degree

legal Definition of second degree

:the grade given to the second most serious forms of crimes
  • assault in the second degree

second-degree

adjective

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