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victimless crime

noun
1.
a legal offense, as prostitution or gambling, to which all participating parties have consented.
Origin of victimless crime
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65
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victimless crime

/ˈvɪktɪmləs/
noun
1.
a type of crime, such as insurance fraud, regarded by some people as being excusable because the victim is the state or an organization, rather than an individual
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A term sometimes used for various acts that are considered crimes under the law but apparently have no victim. One such crime is prostitution, which is viewed by some as a commercial exchange between two consenting adults.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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