vic·​tim·​less | \ ˈvik-təm-ləs How to pronounce victimless (audio) \

Definition of victimless

: having no victim : not of a nature that may produce a complainant a victimless crime

Examples of victimless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Political Media’s Blurred Reality," 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, "Bill could undermine Marion County's new marijuana policy," 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, "Johnson: Pass bill ending bail for some serious crimes, then embark on real bail reform," 16 Jan. 2020 That may be true, but hate speech is not a victimless offense. Caroline Knorr, Washington Post, "How to raise an optimistic human in a pessimistic world," 2 Oct. 2019 The court can handle nonviolent, low-level victimless offenses. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "How Homeless Court helps clear up legal matters that could trip up people rebuilding their lives," 24 June 2019 The idea that selling drugs is a victimless crime is a fiction. Carol Robinson |, al, "Walker County man, 54, sentenced to federal prison for meth distribution," 30 Oct. 2019 It’s time to stop locking people up for victimless crimes. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "A Man Is Serving Life in Prison for a First-Time Drug Offense. That’s Wrong.," 11 Sep. 2019 Damage: $650 and 1 hour of community service Petty Theft: Pizza Edition Pizza is delicious, but there are no victimless crimes. Kat Bein, Billboard, "A Breakdown of All the Teenage Crimes in Shlohmo's New 'Hopeless' Video," 1 Aug. 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Victimless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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