peculation
pec·u·la·tion /ˌpe-kyə-'lā-shən/ n [Late Latin peculation- peculatio, from Latin peculari to embezzle, from peculium private property, from pecu cattle]: misappropriation esp. of public funds

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

peculation
index bad faith, bad repute, conversion (misappropriation), embezzlement, larceny, misappropriation, misusage, theft

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


peculation
Misappropriation of government funds or property.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


peculation
n.
1 The fraudulent misuse of funds by one to whom they have been entrusted for purposes for which those funds were not intended, especially the misuser's own benefit.
2 Embezzlement, especially when done by a public official.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


peculation
The unlawful appropriation, by a depositary of public funds, of the government property entrusted to the care of the depository; the fraudulent diversion to an individual's personal use of money or goods entrusted to that person's care.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


peculation
The unlawful appropriation, by a depositary of public funds, of the government property entrusted to the care of the depository; the fraudulent diversion to an individual's personal use of money or goods entrusted to that person's care.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

peculation
n.
   misappropriation of public (government) funds or property.
   See also: misappropriation

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Peculation — Pec u*la tion, n. The act or practice of peculating, or of defrauding the public by appropriating to one s own use the money or goods intrusted to one s care for management or disbursement; embezzlement. [1913 Webster] Every British subject …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peculation — noun /pɛkjʊˈleɪʃən/ The wrongful appropriation or embezzlement of shared or public property, usually by a person entrusted with the guardianship of that property. She considered herself engaged to be married to a Scotch propaganda officer who had …   Wiktionary

  • peculation — noun see peculate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peculation — See peculate. * * * …   Universalium

  • peculation — pec·u·la·tion || pekjÉ™ leɪʃn / jÊŠ n. embezzlement, stealing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • peculation — [pɛkjʊ leɪʃ(ə)n] noun formal the embezzlement of public funds. Derivatives peculate verb peculator noun Origin C17: from L. peculat , peculari peculate …   English new terms dictionary

  • peculation — n. Embezzlement, pilfering, theft …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • peculation — pec·u·la·tion …   English syllables

  • peculation — The unlawful appropriation, by a depositary of public funds, of the property of the government intrusted to his care, to his own use, or that of others. The fraudulent misappropriation by one to his own use of money or goods intrusted to his care …   Black's law dictionary

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