status offender


: a young offender (such as a runaway or a truant) who is under the jurisdiction of a court for repeated offenses that are not crimes

Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of status offender was in 1975

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Cite this Entry

“Status offender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

status offender

: a person who commits a status offense
especially : a juvenile under the jurisdiction of the court because of status offenses that indicate the child is beyond parental control compare juvenile delinquent, youthful offender
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