petit larceny

petit larceny

[pet-ee]
noun Law.

Origin:
1580–90

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petit larceny
 
n
1.  (formerly in England) the stealing of property valued at 12 pence or under. Abolished 1827
2.  (in some states of the US) the theft of property having a value below a certain figure
 
petit larcenist
 
n

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