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victimless crime

noun
  1. a legal offense, as prostitution or gambling, to which all participating parties have consented.
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Origin of victimless crime

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for victimless crime

victimless crime

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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victimless crime in Culture

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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