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grand larceny

noun, Law.
larceny in which the value of the goods taken is above a certain legally specified amount.
Also called grand theft.
Compare petty larceny.
Origin of grand larceny
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Previous charges included felony-level weapons offenses and grand larceny, and misdemeanor drug crimes.
  • Defendant was charged with two counts of home improvement fraud, one count of false pretenses, and one count of grand larceny.
British Dictionary definitions for grand larceny

grand larceny

(formerly in England) the theft of property valued at over 12 pence. Abolished in 1827
(in some states of the US) the theft of property of which the value is above a specified figure, varying from state to state but usually being between $25 and $60
Compare petit larceny
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