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

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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 Police usually hang out on the BART side, chilling, ready for any felonies, while letting most of the victimless crimes happen. Peter Hartlaub,, "A tribute to the Coliseum BART pedestrian walkway, accidental East Bay treasure," 12 June 2019 The media is obsessed with Manafort and Cohen -- victimless, gotcha crimes. Fox News, "Media coverage of Mollie Tibbetts' murder," 23 Aug. 2018 Duffy said the case was essentially a victimless crime. David Samuels, Town & Country, "One Bad Egg," 18 Oct. 2013 But unlike his opponents, who wish to inflict pain, his sins are essentially victimless—especially since this tournament has introduced Video Assistant Referees, with his antics constantly being reviewed by replay. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 The problem with that argument, of course, is that her crimes weren't actually victimless. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About the Summer of Scam," 19 June 2018 Instead, the very act of exposure, combined with stories that unwittingly framed extremism as a victimless novelty, legitimized and empowered an otherwise fringe perspective. Miranda Katz, WIRED, "How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism," 25 May 2018 That’s a victimless crime if you are opposed to gambling. George Diaz,, "Time for Florida greyhound racing to hit dead end," 22 Mar. 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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