misdemeanor(redirected from Misdemeanours)
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Related to Misdemeanours: misdemeanor, felony, Criminal offense, Petty crime
Etymology: AS, missan, to miss; ME, demenen, conduct
(in criminal law) an offense that is considered less serious than a felony and carries a lesser penalty, usually a fine or imprisonment for less than 1 year. Conviction for a misdemeanor does not prohibit the person from holding public office or practicing a licensed occupation.
A lesser crime than a felony, usually punishable by fines, imprisonment, penalty, or forfeiture.