third degree

Definition of "third degree"
  1. The classification for the third-highest severity level of offenses
How to use "third degree" in a sentence
  1. The crime of shoplifting is often categorized as third degree in many states.
  2. The suspect was charged with third degree burglary due to the relatively minor nature of the crime.
  3. Punishments for crimes of the third degree are less severe than those for first and second degree offenses.

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