Definition of victimless in English:



  • (of a crime) in which there is no injured party.

    ‘street prostitution is considered a victimless crime’
    • ‘The presumption behind victimless prosecutions is that these women need their consciousness raising; that they are too frightened or diminished to know what's good for them, so the court will decide.’
    • ‘The offence was described as one of the worst of its type and, despite revenue fraud often being described as victimless, the victim in this case had been the Geraldton community.’
    • ‘Such crimes are not victimless: they make victims of us all.’
    • ‘Seventhly, the argument is that it is a victimless offence engaged in through the willing consent of adults, and that we should not interfere with that.’
    • ‘As an ethical statement, the Eight Words tell us that there are no victimless sins.’
    • ‘It is a fact that, in practice, we regard prostitution as a victimless offence.’
    • ‘DS Chris Batt, of Lancashire Police, said, ‘Fraud is often regarded as victimless but in this particular case anyone paying for a holiday or trip would feel upset.’’
    • ‘Taking the theme ‘We All Love Leeds’ the leaflet stresses that racism and racist abuse are not victimless acts and it answers typical statements used to excuse abuse.’
    • ‘A victimless tragedy evolves and the tally rises.’
    • ‘I would legalise the lot - down with laws against victimless vices!’
    • ‘I would like you to call me on this if you think I'm deluding myself, but I think that selling handmade one-off goods is a victimless activity.’
    • ‘According to critics, the result was to incentivize public interest groups and lawyers to ferret out even essentially victimless corporate wrongdoing - consisting of minor, technical infractions.’
    • ‘Justice Minister Michael McDowell said white-collar crime was not victimless and its effects were felt across the economy.’
    • ‘However, the moral aspect of a victimizing behavior is quite different from the moral aspect of a victimless behavior (contrast libertarian and moralistic principles).’
    • ‘Which road to industrialisation has been victimless, and undertaken under a benign system of civil liberties and human rights?’
    • ‘Lapdancing is perceived by many as a victimless and harmless form of entertainment.’
    • ‘The larger lesson of [this] grim news is that the macho, brawling style of politics is not the victimless sport its participants fondly imagine…’
    • ‘‘It was the world's largest accounting fraud, it was far from a victimless fraud,’ Boehm said.’
    • ‘The participants are adults, they know what they are in for and if it is a travesty of human dignity, it is a victimless travesty because they want to do it and we want to watch it.’
    • ‘No activity that society thinks immoral is victimless.’