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criminology n

: the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, and of penal treatment
crim·i·no·log·i·cal [kri-mə-nə-lÄ -jə-kəl]

crim·i·no·log·i·cal·ly adv

crim·i·nol·o·gist [kri-mə-nÄ -lə-jist]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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