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Pronunciation:  `misdi'meenur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a crime less serious than a felony

MISDEMEANOR is a 11 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: infraction, infringement, misdemeanour, offence, offense, violation
 See Also: bearing false witness, breach of the peace, crime, disorderly behavior, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, false pretence, false pretense, indecent exposure, law-breaking, lying under oath, perjury, public nudity, sedition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mis`de*mean"or\, n.
1. Ill behavior; evil conduct; fault. --Shak.

2. (Law) A crime less than a felony. --Wharton.

Note: As a rule, in the old English law, offenses capitally
      punishable were felonies; all other indictable offenses
      were misdemeanors. In common usage, the word crime is
      employed to denote the offenses of a deeper and more
      atrocious dye, while small faults and omissions of less
      consequence are comprised under the gentler name of
      misdemeanors. --Blackstone. The distinction, however,
      between felonies and misdemeanors is purely arbitrary,
      and is in most jurisdictions either abrogated or so far
      reduced as to be without practical value. Cf. {Felony}.

Syn: Misdeed; misconduct; misbehavior; fault; trespass;

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A criminal offense lesser than a felony and generally punishable by fine or by imprisonment other than in a penitentiary.
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