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misdemeanor

[ mis-di-mee-ner ]
/ ˌmɪs dɪˈmi nər /
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noun

Law. a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
an instance of misbehavior; misdeed.

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Also especially British, mis·de·mean·our .

Origin of misdemeanor

First recorded in 1480–90; mis-1 + demeanor
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Cultural definitions for misdemeanor

misdemeanor
[ (mis-di-mee-nuhr) ]

A minor crime, punishable by a fine or a light jail term. Common misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, are usually dealt with informally, without a trial. (Compare felony.)

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