- a person guilty or convicted of a crime.
Origin of criminal
SynonymsSee more synonyms for criminal on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for non-criminal
But what about regular physical intimacy between regular (non-criminal) students?Does California’s College Rape Bill Go Too Far In Regulating Sex?
June 23, 2014
It should be as unprison-like and attractive as any residence for the non-criminal.
The disasters cannot in reason or justice be divided into criminal or non-criminal.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment
Being uncorrupted and of a non-criminal make-up, the enormity of his crime suddenly dawns upon him with its full force.Studies in Forensic Psychiatry
- a person charged with and convicted of crime
- a person who commits crimes for a living
- of, involving, or guilty of crime
- (prenominal) of or relating to crime or its punishmentcriminal court; criminal lawyer
- informal senseless or deplorablea criminal waste of money
Word Origin and History for non-criminal
early 15c., from Middle French criminel (11c.), from Latin criminalis "pertaining to crime," from crimen (genitive criminis); see crime. Preserves the Latin -n-. Criminal law (or criminal justice) distinguished from civil in English at least since late 15c.
1620s, from criminal (adj.).