Definition of petty larceny in English:

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petty larceny

noun

[mass noun] Law
(In many US states and formerly in Britain) theft of personal property having a value less than a legally specified amount.
Example sentences
  • Prophitt was charged with felonious assault and petty larceny.
  • Arrest records confirmed popular charges that petty larceny was ‘a boy's crime.’
  • Backster admits that he committed a bit of petty larceny in the name of science: he went to another office, went into a secretary's desk drawer and retrieved some matches.
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