Definition of misdemeanant in English:

misdemeanant

Line breaks: mis|de¦mean|ant
Pronunciation: /ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnənt
 
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noun

formal
  • A person convicted of a misdemeanour or guilty of misconduct.
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    • ‘Court and police precinct records show,’ a municipal agency maintained, ‘that in arrests, convictions, misdemeanants, felons, female police problems and juvenile delinquencies, these areas are in the lead.’
    • First, all sites operated according to a charge priority system, where non-drug felons, drug felons, non-drug misdemeanants, and drug misdemeanants were prioritized hierarchically.
    • In other words, the decision to arrest misdemeanants - adopting that policy in preference to other policing strategies - is a choice with significant distributional consequences for African Americans.

Origin

early 19th century: from archaic misdemean 'misbehave' + -ant.

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