What does victimless crime mean?

Definitions for victimless crimeˈvɪk təm lɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. victimless crime(noun)

    an act that is legally a crime but that seem to have no victims

    "he considers prostitution to be a victimless crime"


  1. victimless crime(Noun)

    An act or behavior which is prohibited by law, yet which neither directly harms nor violates the rights of any specific person, although some people may claim it harms society as a whole. This concept typically applies to adults.


  1. Victimless crime

    A victimless crime is a term used to refer to actions that have been ruled illegal but do not directly violate or threaten the rights of any other individual. It often involves consensual acts in which two or more persons agree to commit a criminal offence in which no other person is involved. For example, in the United States current victimless crimes include prostitution, gambling, and illicit drug use. Edwin Schur and Hugo Bedau state in their book Victimless Crimes: Two sides of a Controversy “some of these laws produce secondary crime, and all create new ‘criminals’ many of whom are otherwise law abiding citizens and people in authority.” This is an issue in the United States where prison rates keep increasing even though it already has the highest prison population out of any country. The term "victimless crime" is not used in jurisprudence, but is rather used to cast doubt onto the efficacy of past, existing and proposed legislation; or to highlight the unintended consequences of the same. In politics, for example, a lobbyist might use this word with the implication that the law in question should be abolished.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of victimless crime in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of victimless crime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anthony Anderson:

    People often say that stolen valor is a victimless crime and to some degree it may be.

  2. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown:

    There are some who would argue that Internet gambling is a victimless crime. I very much disagree.

  3. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson:

    Illegal gambling is not a victimless crime, it preys on peoples’ vulnerabilities and directly leads to money laundering, loansharking and a host of other crimes.

  4. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones:

    The underground economy is not a victimless crime, by underreporting payroll, paying employees under the table and committing workers' compensation insurance fraud, these employers cheat the system and leave their employees at risk.

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