Theft meaning

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Something stolen.
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Larceny; the unlawful expropriation of someone else’s property with the intent of keeping it from its rightful owner.
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In its broadest sense, any example or act of stealing, which includes burglary, embezzlement, false pretenses, fraud, and larceny. While larceny is generally categorized as petty or grand depending on the value of the goods taken, theft is generally categorized by the type of property stolen.
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The misappropriation of another’s confidential and personal information such that the one taking such data can use such information to pass as the other by submission of credit documents, forging of identification cards, etc.
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The act of stealing property.
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Theft is defined as the act of stealing.

An example of theft is someone stealing another person's car.

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The act or an instance of stealing; larceny.
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Origin of theft

  • Middle English from Old English thīefth
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old English þȳft, þēoft, earlier þīefþ, þēofþ, from Proto-Germanic *þiubiþō, from *þeubaz (“thief"). Cognate with Old Norse þeoft, þeofð and (obsolete) Dutch diefte. Compare thief, -th.
    From Wiktionary