- larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.
Also petit larceny.
Compare grand larceny.
Origin of petty larceny
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for petty larceny
It's too cramped, too girded about with petty-larceny conventions.North of Fifty-Three
Bertrand W. Sinclair
It simply means a thief on a grand scale, something more than "a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles," or petty-larceny rascal.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
He had all the contempt for a petty-larceny thief that the skilled safe-breaker has for the common purse-snatcher.'Me-Smith'
- a variant spelling of petit larceny
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