American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An illegal act that is felt to have no direct or identifiable victim.
- n. An act or behavior which is prohibited by law, yet which neither directly harms nor violates the rights of any specific person, although some people may claim it harms society as a whole. This concept typically applies to adults.
- n. an act that is legally a crime but that seem to have no victims
“The whole lap-dance phenomena had always seemed one step away from prostitution to me, and my views on who was the victim of that particular victimless crime were pretty well set.”
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