misdemeanor

(noun) A crime considered less serious than a felony and typically punishable by a small fine or brief period of imprisonment.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: misdemeanors
  • A type of crime.
  • Misdemeanors are studied in criminology.
  • Also called:
    • infraction
    • infringement
    • petty crime
    • violation

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How to Cite the Definition of Misdemeanor

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “misdemeanor.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/misdemeanor/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

misdemeanor. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/misdemeanor/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “misdemeanor.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/misdemeanor/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“misdemeanor.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/misdemeanor/>.