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victimless crime

Definition of Victimless Crime

(noun) A crime that is against the law but that only harms the individuals who consented to engage in it.

Examples of Victimless Crime

  • Gambling, prostitution, and recreational drug use are typically discussed as possible victimless crimes. However, whether they actually are “victimless” is debated.

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Cite the Definition of Victimless Crime

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

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

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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