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larceny

Definition of Larceny

(noun) The unlawful act of taking something from someone without consent; theft.

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: larcenies
  • A type of crime.
  • Also called:
    • stealing
    • theft
    • thievery
    • thieving
  • A (noun) larcener or (noun) larcenist (noun) larcenously commits a (noun) larcenous act.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Larceny

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “larceny.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/larceny/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

larceny. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/larceny/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “larceny.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/larceny/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“larceny.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/larceny/>.