victimless crime

victimless crime

noun
a legal offense, as prostitution or gambling, to which all participating parties have consented.

Origin:
1960–65

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victimless crime (ˈvɪktɪmləs)
 
n
a type of crime, such as insurance fraud, regarded by some people as being excusable because the victim is the state or an organization, rather than an individual

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victimless crime definition


A term sometimes used for various acts that are considered crimes under the law but apparently have no victim. One such crime is prostitution, which is viewed by some as a commercial exchange between two consenting adults.

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