larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.
- Also petit larceny.
- Compare grand larceny.
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How to use petty larceny in a sentence
At the same time another law was passed, disfranchising all voters who had been found guilty at any time of petty larceny.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
He had all the contempt for a petty-larceny thief that the skilled safe-breaker has for the common purse-snatcher.'Me-Smith' | Caroline Lockhart
They were somewhat addicted to petty larceny, but felony had been frightened out of their souls long ago.The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
In January, 1761, four men for “petty larceny” were whipped at the cart-tail round New York.Curious Punishments of Bygone Days | Alice Morse Earle
It's discovering small evil in a man—petty larceny, sneak thieving—that pours sand into a woman's soul.Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for petty larceny
a variant spelling of petit larceny
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