Shoplifting a small amount of goods is an example of a misdemeanor.
An example of a misdemeanor is a crime for which you may receive jail time or a fine and have a criminal record, but for which you may not receive more than 12 months of jail time.
Other Word Forms
Origin of misdemeanor
- Mis (prefix) against, opposing and 'demeanor'. See 'demeanor' for further explanation.
- mis- +"Ž demeanor