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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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  • He had all the contempt for a petty-larceny thief that the skilled safe-breaker has for the common purse-snatcher.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • It's too cramped, too girded about with petty-larceny conventions.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • It simply means a thief on a grand scale, something more than "a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles," or petty-larceny rascal.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for petty-larceny

petty larceny

a variant spelling of petit larceny
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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