criminal
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French criminal, from Late Latin criminalis, from Latin crimin-, crimen crime Date: 15th century 1. relating to, involving, or being a crime <
criminal neglect
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2. relating to crime or to the prosecution of suspects in a crime <
criminal statistics
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brought criminal action
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3. guilty of crime; also of or befitting a criminal <
a criminal mind
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4. disgracefulcriminally adverb II. noun Date: circa 1626 1. one who has committed a crime 2. a person who has been convicted of a crime

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