criminality

[krim-uh-nal-i-tee]
noun, plural criminalities for 2.
1.
the state of being criminal.
2.
a criminal act or practice.

Origin:
1605–15; < Medieval Latin crīminālitās. See criminal, -ity

noncriminality, noun
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criminality (ˌkrɪmɪˈnælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or quality of being criminal
2.  rare (often plural) a criminal act or practice

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criminality
1610s, from Fr. criminalité, from M.L. criminalitas, from criminis (see crime).
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Example sentences
Everything else must be banned with the threat of criminality.
The studies have also highlighted body reactions that are signs of this pattern
  and are tied to criminality.
But these problems are of a different order to the one of suspected criminality
  at the top.
Indeed, honest failure is even more corrosive of trust than outright
  criminality.
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