Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A misdeed.
  • noun Law A criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and generally punishable by a fine, a jail term of up to a year, or both.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Ill behavior; evil conduct; fault.
  • noun In law, an offense of a less grave nature than an indictable felony. See crime and felony.
  • noun Mismanagement; mistake in management or treatment.
  • noun Synonyms Misdeed, misconduct, misbehavior, trespass, transgression, misdoing.
  • noun See crime and offense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Ill behavior; evil conduct; fault.
  • noun (Law) A crime less than a felony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law A crime usually punishable upon conviction by a small fine or by a short term of imprisonment. Crimes which are punishable by large fines or by longer imprisonment are usually called felonies.

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

  • noun a crime less serious than a felony

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

mis- +‎ demeanor

Examples

  • The term misdemeanor at the time was understood to mean a misuse of office.

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  • Other marijuana advocates praised the change made by the law as they pointed to the spike in misdemeanor marijuana arrests in the state in recent years.

    Maijuana Possession In California Reduced To Infraction

  • Metro 11, you are correct pragmatically that a high crime or misdemeanor is whatever the Congress says it is; but then you should not call whatever Clinton did “perjury.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Jonathan Rauch on David Frum on the Conservative Movement

  • She bailed out hours later because Fox's ruling clashed with California state law, which gives defendants the right to bail in misdemeanor cases.

    Lindsay Lohan Ordered to Rehab, Avoids Fourth Stint in Jail

  • The possession of ordinary contraband, simply a misdemeanor, is defined as “any article or thing which a person confined in a detention facility is prohibited from obtaining or possessing by statute, rule, regulation or order.”

    NY Court of Appeals

  • Other marijuana advocates praised the change made by the law as they pointed to the spike in misdemeanor marijuana arrests in the state in recent years.

    Maijuana Possession In California Reduced To Infraction

  • The possession of ordinary contraband, simply a misdemeanor, is defined as “any article or thing which a person confined in a detention facility is prohibited from obtaining or possessing by statute, rule, regulation or order.”

    Unlikely Inferences Do Not a Felony Make

  • “She put the Miss in misdemeanor when she stole the beans from Lima, tell me ….”

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  • The possession of ordinary contraband, simply a misdemeanor, is defined as “any article or thing which a person confined in a detention facility is prohibited from obtaining or possessing by statute, rule, regulation or order.”

    Daily Record--Legal Currents Column

  • The possession of ordinary contraband, simply a misdemeanor, is defined as “any article or thing which a person confined in a detention facility is prohibited from obtaining or possessing by statute, rule, regulation or order.”

    Criminal Law

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