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Definition of Nonviolent Crime

(noun) A crime that destroys or leads to the theft of property, without the use or threat of force.

Nonviolent Crime Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: nonviolent crimes
  • Nonviolent crimes are studied in criminology.
  • Variant spelling: nonviolent crime

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Works Consulted

Briggs, Steven M., and Joan Friedman. 2009. Criminology For Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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Cite the Definition of Nonviolent Crime

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “nonviolent crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/nonviolent-crime/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “nonviolent crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/nonviolent-crime/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“nonviolent crime.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/nonviolent-crime/>.