Criminal law
Criminal Crim"i*nal (kr?m"?-nal), a. [L. criminalis, fr. crimen: cf. F. criminel. See {Crime}.] 1. Guilty of crime or sin. [1913 Webster]

The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

2. Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness. [1913 Webster]

Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications of vice, not criminal in themselves. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal code. [1913 Webster]

The officers and servants of the crown, violating the personal liberty, or other right of the subject . . . were in some cases liable to criminal process. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

{Criminal action} (Law), an action or suit instituted to secure conviction and punishment for a crime.

{Criminal conversation} (Law), unlawful intercourse with a married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim. con.

{Criminal law}, the law which relates to crimes. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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