Definition of first offender in English:

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first offender

Pronunciation: /ˈˌfərst əˈfendər/


A person who is convicted of a criminal offense for the first time.
Example sentences
  • Data from 1990 indicated almost half of federally sentenced women were not repeat offenders, with 41% being first offenders without any prior criminal record.
  • At the other end of the scale is the first offender, where the motivation for the offence is clear and does not point to a likelihood of re-offending.
  • As a first offender, however, he is likely to receive a sentence on the low end of that range.

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Syllabification: first of·fend·er

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