Definition of "second-degree"
  1. The classification assigned to crimes that rank as the second-most severe in their category
How to use "second-degree" in a sentence
  1. Arson is considered a second-degree crime if it involves setting fire to an unoccupied building.
  2. The person was convicted of second-degree murder which suggests a lack of premeditation but with malicious intent.
  3. The theft turned into a second-degree felony once the offender used a deadly weapon during the commission of the act.

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