Petit larceny
Petit Pet"it, a. [F. See {Petty}.] Small; little; insignificant; mean; -- Same as {Petty}. [Obs., except in legal language.] [1913 Webster]

By what small, petit hints does the mind catch hold of and recover a vanishing notion. --South. [1913 Webster]

{Petit constable}, an inferior civil officer, subordinate to the high constable.

{Petit jury}, a jury of twelve men, impaneled to try causes at the bar of a court; -- so called in distinction from the grand jury.

{Petit larceny}, the stealing of goods of, or under, a certain specified small value; -- opposed to grand larceny. The distinction is abolished in England.

{Petit ma[^i]tre}. [F., lit., little master.] A fop; a coxcomb; a ladies' man. --Goldsmith.

{Petit serjeanty} (Eng. Law), the tenure of lands of the crown, by the service of rendering annually some implement of war, as a bow, an arrow, a sword, a flag, etc.

{Petit treason}, formerly, in England, the crime of killing a person to whom the offender owed duty or subjection, as one's husband, master, mistress, etc. The crime is now not distinguished from murder. [1913 Webster]


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  • petit larceny — see larceny Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. petit larceny …   Law dictionary

  • petit larceny — [pet′ē] n. see LARCENY …   English World dictionary

  • petit larceny — Larceny in the taking of property of small value, a misdemeanor, rather than a felony under modern statutes. 32 Am J1st Larc § 3. Under the common law, larceny where the value of the property stolen was twelve pence or under. If the value… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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

  • petit larceny — noun Date: circa 1580 larceny involving property of a value below a legally established minimum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • petit larceny — /pet ee/, Law. See petty larceny. [1580 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • petit larceny — pet′it lar′ceny [[t]ˈpɛt i[/t]] n. law petty larceny • Etymology: 1580–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • Petit larceny are — Larceny Lar ce*ny, n.; pl. {Larcenies}. [F. larcin, OE. larrecin, L. latrocinium, fr. latro robber, mercenary, hired servant; cf. Gr. (?) hired servant. Cf. {Latrociny}.] (Law) The unlawful taking and carrying away of things personal with intent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • larceny — lar·ce·ny / lär sə nē/ n pl nies [modification of Anglo French larcine theft, from Old French larrecin, from Latin latrocinium robbery, from latron latro mercenary soldier, brigand]: the unlawful taking and carrying away of personal property with …   Law dictionary

  • Petit — Pet it, a. [F. See {Petty}.] Small; little; insignificant; mean; Same as {Petty}. [Obs., except in legal language.] [1913 Webster] By what small, petit hints does the mind catch hold of and recover a vanishing notion. South. [1913 Webster] {Petit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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