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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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: stat·us of·fense

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /stAY-tuhs uh-fEns/
  • British English – /stAY-tuhs uh-fEns/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈstætəs əˈfɛns/
  • British English – /ˈsteɪtəs əˈfɛns/

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 24, 2020 (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 24, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/status-offense/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“status offense.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Sep. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/status-offense/>.