petit larceny

petit larceny
petit larceny see larceny

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

petit larceny
n. Originally distinguished from grand larceny as a matter of degree. A theft of something valued at 12 pence or less was considered petty larceny, and the death penalty was not invoked. Today, the amount differentiating between petty and grand larceny is in dollars and varies from state to state.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


petit larceny
A form of larceny—the stealing of another's personal property—in which the value of the property taken is generally less than $50.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


petit larceny
A form of larceny—the stealing of another's personal property—in which the value of the property taken is generally less than $50.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • petit larceny — [pet′ē] n. see LARCENY …   English World dictionary

  • petit larceny — Larceny in the taking of property of small value, a misdemeanor, rather than a felony under modern statutes. 32 Am J1st Larc § 3. Under the common law, larceny where the value of the property stolen was twelve pence or under. If the value… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • petit larceny — noun larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale) • Syn: ↑petty larceny, ↑petty • Ant: ↑grand larceny • Hypernyms: ↑larceny, ↑theft, ↑thievery, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • petit larceny — noun Date: circa 1580 larceny involving property of a value below a legally established minimum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • petit larceny — /pet ee/, Law. See petty larceny. [1580 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • petit larceny — pet′it lar′ceny [[t]ˈpɛt i[/t]] n. law petty larceny • Etymology: 1580–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • Petit larceny are — Larceny Lar ce*ny, n.; pl. {Larcenies}. [F. larcin, OE. larrecin, L. latrocinium, fr. latro robber, mercenary, hired servant; cf. Gr. (?) hired servant. Cf. {Latrociny}.] (Law) The unlawful taking and carrying away of things personal with intent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • larceny — lar·ce·ny / lär sə nē/ n pl nies [modification of Anglo French larcine theft, from Old French larrecin, from Latin latrocinium robbery, from latron latro mercenary soldier, brigand]: the unlawful taking and carrying away of personal property with …   Law dictionary

  • Larceny — Lar ce*ny, n.; pl. {Larcenies}. [F. larcin, OE. larrecin, L. latrocinium, fr. latro robber, mercenary, hired servant; cf. Gr. (?) hired servant. Cf. {Latrociny}.] (Law) The unlawful taking and carrying away of things personal with intent to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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