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offense

Legal Definition of offense

Noun

  1. A crime
  2. Any act which contravenes the criminal law of the state in which it occurs. (also spelled "offence" in Commonwealth countries)

Definition of offense

Alternative spellings

Etymology

    From Latin offensa ("a striking against; displeasure; injury")

Pronunciation

Noun

offense (plural offenses) (US)

  1. The act of offending; a crime or sin; an affront or injury.
  2. The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.
  3. (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.
  4. (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.

Antonyms

  • defense

Derived terms

  • hanging offense

Related terms

  • offensive
  • offend
  • offender
  • defense

See also

Further reading

In law, an offence is a violation of the penal law. An offence can range from a simple misdemeanour (e.g. a traffic violation) to a felony (e.g. capital murder). In common law usage, 'offence' differs from 'crime' in that there is typically no victim, but the action remains prohibited by statute.

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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