- Organized crime is illegal behavior that is planned and carried out by groups of people in a very systematic fashion.
An example of organized crime is the activities of money laundering done by the mafia.
The Mafia is an example of organized crime.
organized crime definition by Webster's New World
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a system or organization of people and groups engaged in criminal activities
organized crime definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Widespread criminal activities, such as prostitution, interstate theft, or illegal gambling, that occur within a centrally controlled formal structure.
- The people and the groups involved in such criminal activities.
organized crime - Legal Definition
A widespread group of professional criminals who rely on illegal activities as a way of life and whose activities are coordinated and controlled through some form of centralized syndicate.