Misdemeanor



[mis-di-mee-ner] /ˌmɪs dɪˈmi nər/

noun
1.
Law. a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
2.
an instance of misbehavior; misdeed.
n.

also misdemeanour, “legal class of indictable offenses,” late 15c.; from mis- (1) “wrong” + Middle English demenure (see demeanor). Related: Misdemeanors; misdemeanours.
misdemeanor [(mis-di-mee-nuhr)]

A minor crime, punishable by a fine or a light jail term. Common misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, are usually dealt with informally, without a trial. (Compare felony.)

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