criminalize[krim′ə nəl īz′]
criminalize definition by Webster's New World
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- criminalization noun
criminalize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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transitive verb crim·i·nal·ized, crim·i·nal·iz·ing, crim·i·nal·iz·es
- To impose a criminal penalty on or for; outlaw.
- To treat as a criminal.
- crimˌi·nal·i·zaˈtion noun
criminalize - Legal Definition
- To make a particular conduct or omission a crime and to establish penal sanctions for it.
- To make a person, or to be the cause of making that person, a criminal. See also decriminalization.