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status offense

Definition of Status Offense

(noun) An act that is illegal based solely on an individual’s age.

Example of Status Offense

  • Underage drinking

Status Offense Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈsteɪdəs əˈfɛns/
      • /stædəs əˈfɛns/
      • /ˈsteɪdəs ˈɔˌfɛns/
      • /stædəs ˈɔˌfɛns/
      • /ˈsteɪdəs ˈɑˌfɛns/
      • /stædəs ˈɑˌfɛns/
    • British English /ˈsteɪtəs əˈfɛns/
  • Syllabification: (stat·us of·fense)

Usage Note

  • Plural: status offenses

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Cite the Definition of Status Offense

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status offense.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/status-offense/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“status offense.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/status-offense/>.