victimless crime


noun

a legal offense, as prostitution or gambling, to which all participating parties have consented.

Nearby words

  1. victa,
  2. victim,
  3. victimization,
  4. victimize,
  5. victimless,
  6. victimology,
  7. victoire,
  8. victor,
  9. victor charlie,
  10. victor emmanuel i

Origin of victimless crime

First recorded in 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for victimless crime

victimless crime

/ (ˈvɪktɪmləs) /

noun

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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Culture definitions for victimless crime

victimless crime

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.

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