- Misdemeanor is defined as the British spelling for misdemeanor, a crime or offense that isn't as serious as a felony.
Stealing a candy bar from a grocery store is an example of a misdemeanour.
Variant of misdemeanor
- Rare the act of misbehaving
- Law any minor offense, as the breaking of a municipal ordinance, for which statute provides a lesser punishment than for a felony: the penalty is usually a fine or imprisonment for a short time (usually less than one year) in a local jail, workhouse, etc.Brit. sp. misdemeanour
Origin: mis- plush demeanor
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