petty larceny


petty larceny
petty larceny n: petit larceny at larceny

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

petty larceny
A term used in many states for theft of a small amount of money or objects of little value (such as less than $500). It is distinguished from grand larceny which is theft of property of greater worth, which is a felony punishable by a term in state prison. Petty larceny is a misdemeanor punishable at maximum with a term in the county jail.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


petty larceny
n.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

petty larceny
n.
   a term used in many states for theft of a small amount of money or objects of little value (such as less than $500). It is distinguished from grand larceny, which is theft of property of greater worth and a felony punishable by a term in state prison. Petty larceny is a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of a term in the county jail. States which only use the term "larceny" often treat theft of smaller amounts as a misdemeanor in charging and sentencing.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • petty larceny — noun uncount LEGAL the crime of stealing property that is only worth a little money ─ compare GRAND LARCENY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • petty larceny — n. LARCENY …   English World dictionary

  • petty larceny — n [U] law the crime of stealing things that are worth only a small amount of money …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • petty larceny — noun larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale) • Syn: ↑petit larceny, ↑petty • Ant: ↑grand larceny (for: ↑petit larceny) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • petty larceny — Law. larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount. Also, petit larceny. Cf. grand larceny. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • petty larceny — noun A misdemeanor larceny; an act of theft wherein the amount stolen is insufficient to constitute grand larceny …   Wiktionary

  • petty larceny — pet′ty (or petit larceny) n. law larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • petty larceny — noun Date: 1668 petit larceny …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • petty larceny — Same as petit larceny …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • petty larceny — noun Law (in many US states and formerly in Britain) theft of personal property having a value less than a specified amount …   English new terms dictionary


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