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 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 The court can handle nonviolent, low-level victimless offenses. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, 24 June 2019 The idea that selling drugs is a victimless crime is a fiction. Carol Robinson |, al, 30 Oct. 2019 It’s time to stop locking people up for victimless crimes. Katherine Timpf, National Review, 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of victimless

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Victimless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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