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1. A misdeed.
2. Law A criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and generally punishable by a fine, a jail term of up to a year, or both.
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(ˌmɪs dɪˈmi nər)

1. a criminal offense less serious than a felony.
2. an instance of bad behavior.
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An offense that is less serious than a felony.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.misdemeanor - a crime less serious than a felony
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
breach of the peace, disorderly behavior, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace - any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
false pretence, false pretense - (law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
indecent exposure, public nudity - vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
bearing false witness, lying under oath, perjury - criminal offense of making false statements under oath
sedition - an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
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Ito 'yung mga reason kung bakit tumataas 'yung petty crime rates natin,' he explained.
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Idle Hands UNEMPLOYMENT can and will eat your heart and soul away When there are no wages on a Friday Idle hands can lead to petty crime And some will end up doing prison time Youths walking the streets and doing drugs Quickly learning to become thugs With no role models in their home Yes the children are left to roam Morals and ethics soon go out the door And there is little respect for the old or neighbours any more We must make better use of our youth And this is a fact, yes, the simple truth.
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Residents seek to raise awareness of possible petty crime and incidents in the area after the arrival of migrants.
It seems as though what was once classed as petty crime years ago just seems as if it doesn't matter anymore.
Socialist or Conservative governments, in my view, will never be able to help those at the bottom of society's ladder and all its consequences of low achievement, alcoholism, drug addiction and the resulting mental health and petty crime that follows and so will always be a drain on public funds.