white-collar crime

Definition of white-collar crime

:crime that typically involves stealing money from a company and that is done by people who have important positions in the company :crime committed by white-collar workers
  • Embezzlement is a white-collar crime.

Word by Word Definitions

white-collar play
  1. : of, relating to, or constituting the class of salaried employees whose duties do not call for the wearing of work clothes or protective clothing — compare blue-collar

crime play
  1. : an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government

  2. : a grave offense especially against morality

  3. : criminal activity


Law Dictionary

white-collar crime

noun white-col·lar crime \ ˈhwīt-ˈkä-lər- \

legal Definition of white-collar crime

:crime that is committed by salaried professional workers or persons in business and that usually involves a form of financial theft or fraud (as in securities dealing)

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