- 1Turn (an activity) into a criminal offence by making it illegal: his view is that the state should not criminalize drug use but discourage itMore example sentences
- ‘Our existing law already criminalises much activity that could fall within that description of giving and receiving terrorist training.’
- In their view, some of the proposed offences were excessively broad or too vague and could criminalise peaceful activities.
- On 1 July there was a protest march against legislation aimed at criminalizing pro-independence activities.
- 1.1Turn (someone) into a criminal by making their activities illegal: these punitive measures would further criminalize travellers for their way of lifeMore example sentences
- Asbos are a punitive measure that can criminalise people for behaviour that is not criminal.
- This may be seen as a rationalization of the appellate courts' tendency to stretch the interpretation of statutes so as to criminalize people who, they think, have manifestly committed a serious wrong.
- New legislation directed against illegal immigrants also criminalises anyone who aids them.
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- Statutory welfare agencies have also used the threat of criminalization to secure compliance to new social norms.
- That is not to say we should just legalise everything whose criminalisation is hard to enforce.
- There's also a significant cost associated with the criminalisation of conduct such as begging.
More definitions of criminalizeDefinition of criminalize in:
- The US English dictionary