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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law that deals with crimes and their punishments.

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  • n. The area of law pertaining to crime and punishment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the law which relates to crimes.
  • n. that branch of jurisprudence which relates to crimes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment

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