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criminaladjective

 us   /ˈkrɪm·ə·nəl/
involving or having the ​character of a ​crime: She may ​face criminal ​charges for ​lying to a ​grandjury. He had an ​extensive criminal ​record (= an ​officialrecord of having ​committed many ​crimes). The way she ​blames other ​people for her own ​mistakes is criminal (= ​wrong).
criminally
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈkrɪm·ə·nəl·i/
Parents can be ​held criminally ​responsible for ​their children’s ​actions.

criminalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkrɪm·ə·nəl/
a ​person who has ​committed a ​crime or been ​foundguilty of ​committing a ​crime
(Definition of criminal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"criminal" in British English

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criminalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/  us   /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl/
B1 someone who ​commits a ​crime: a ​dangerous/​violent criminal

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criminaladjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/  us   /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl/
B2 relating to ​crime: criminal ​activity a criminal ​act/​offence criminal ​behaviour a criminal ​investigation
very ​bad or ​morallywrong: It's criminal tocharge so much for a ​book. The way we ​waste this planet's ​resources is criminal.

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criminality
noun [U] uk   /ˌkrɪm.ɪˈnæl.ə.ti/  us   /ˌkrɪm.əˈnæl.ə.t̬i/
criminally
adverb uk   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl.i/  us   /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl.i/
(Definition of criminal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"criminal" in Business English

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criminalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkrɪmɪnəl/ LAW
a ​person who ​commits a ​crime: a convicted criminal.

criminaladjective

uk   us   /ˈkrɪmɪnəl/ LAW
relating to ​crime, or to the ​laws, etc. that ​deal with ​crime: criminal ​activity/​behaviour a criminal ​act/​offence a criminal ​investigation
(Definition of criminal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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