second-degree

adjective

Definition of second-degree

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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 (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

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“Second-degree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/second-degree. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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

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