victimless

adjective

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

Examples of victimless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ex-president’s attorneys also claimed any mistakes the company did make were victimless, because the financial institutions the company did business with were happy with Trump and did not lose money. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 These are not victimless crimes. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 The downturn hasn’t been victimless. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 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

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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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“Victimless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/victimless. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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