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petty larceny

noun, Law.
larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.
Also, petit larceny.
Compare grand larceny.
Origin of petty larceny
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for petty larceny
  • Unfortunately the film itself is a piece of petty larceny.
  • Crime was the dish of the day, and the main course was injury to an animal with a side of petty larceny.
  • She tested positive for meth and was arrested for petty larceny for shop lifting.
  • She allegedly took prescribed drugs without paying for them and was charged with petty larceny.
  • Convicted of petty larceny in connection with converting clients' fiduciary funds.
  • If he has been once before convicted of a felony or twice before convicted of petty larceny, nor unless.
  • And a third offense of petty larceny is, by law, treated the same as grand larceny.
British Dictionary definitions for petty larceny

petty larceny

a variant spelling of petit larceny
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