from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An illegal act that is felt to have no direct or identifiable victim.
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- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an act that is legally a crime but that seem to have no victims
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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.