vic·​tim·​less ˈvik-təm-ləs How to pronounce victimless (audio)
: having no victim : not of a nature that may produce a complainant
a victimless crime

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Doug’s obsession with chasing notoriety and profit, his tendency not to listen—these aren’t victimless quirks. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 Personal liberation is not a victimless exercise, but Hadley creates space to see the larger motion of history at the end of an empire — and at the beginning of a freer but more complicated era. Lauren Leblanc, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2022 Moreover, no one ever argues that an adult ought to be charged as a child because his crime was victimless or poorly planned. Ted Rall, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 With legalization, law enforcement resources could be diverted away from victimless crimes to focus on more serious issues and public safety initiatives. Ben Koppel, Star Tribune, 14 Dec. 2020 Bad punditry and predictions are not victimless crimes, no matter how secure columnists and cable TV hosts are in their jobs. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 12 Mar. 2020 The policy, which Mears announced as acting prosecutor, was met with support from people who agreed with his reasoning that marijuana is a victimless crime that has a disproportionate impact on the African-American community. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, 28 Jan. 2020 By the mid-1960s, the bail bond industry was an entrenched component of a system just beginning to be fueled and fed by the systemic targeting of African Americans for what would now be considered relatively minor, victimless drug offenses. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 16 Jan. 2020 That may be true, but hate speech is not a victimless offense. Caroline Knorr, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of victimless was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Victimless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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