Larceny meaning

lärsə-nē
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The unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner; theft.
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Larceny is defined as the theft of personal property.

When someone steals your wallet, this act is an example of larceny.

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The taking of personal property without consent and with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of it; theft: in some states of the U.S., and formerly in England, larceny in which the value of the property equals or exceeds a specified amount is grand larceny, and larceny involving lesser amounts is petit (or petty) larceny.
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The wrongful appropriation of personal property with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of its possession and use.
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(law) The unlawful taking of personal property as an attempt to deprive the legal owner of it permanently.
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(law) A larcenous act attributable to an individual.

That young man already has four assaults, a DUI, and a larceny on his record.

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Origin of larceny

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman larcin theft from Latin latrōcinium robbery from latrō robber, mercenary ultimately from Greek latron pay, hire

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined between 1425 and 1475 from Anglo-Norman larcin (“theft"), from Latin latrocinium (“robbery"), from latro (“robber, mercenary"), from Ancient Greek λάτρον (latron, “pay, hire")

    From Wiktionary