from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state, quality, or fact of being criminal.
- n. A criminal practice or act.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being criminal.
- n. A criminal act.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being criminal; that which constitutes a crime; guiltiness; guilt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or state of being criminal; that which constitutes a crime; guiltiness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being a criminal
Tenure does not protect a professor when criminality is involved.
The researchers reportedly go with one of the more obvious ones: Kids grouped with lots of other young delinquents end up enmeshed in a “culture of deviance” where criminality is both taught and valorized.
More interesting to me is the effect of being branded as a criminal, quite apart from the lessons in criminality one might absorb in juvie.
Many school bullies are in the pipeline to prison: their problems with drugs and alcohol and violence are frighteningly easy to forecast, and studies have documented that the connection between school bullying and future criminality is real -- so real in fact that New York's district attorney's office has deployed staff from the prosecutor's office to visit schools and address bullying.
And the scope of her attempted criminality is on a par with stealing from children.
The PCL-R was designed to discriminate psychopathic individuals from other criminals -- a job it does very well -- but this does not mean that criminality is essential to the construct of psychopathy ....
I think the argument of race as a cause of criminality like Walter brings up is somewhat off-point - The reason why those racial divides in criminality show up is mainly because those lines go together with education - or rather: the lack of good education.
"Impulse control" may be the key factor in criminality (though I don't certify that), but it is not the most salient factor in "wealth accumulation."
Okay, before some pettifogging comment-lawyer jumps on me, criminality is not perfectly inverse to IQ: there is an IQ threshold below which individuals are too disabled even for a career of violent crime.
How much raw criminality is just people not understanding the long term consequences of their actions?