Criminal law

Criminal law, the body of law that defines criminal offenses, regulates the apprehension, charging, and trial of suspected persons, and fixes penalties and modes of treatment applicable to convicted offenders.

Synonyms: illegal, illegitimate, lawless, unlawful, wrongful

Antonyms: lawful, legal, legitimate


• Much of criminal law can be read as an attempt to influence the goal module.

• Political societies are entitled to deploy the criminal law to prohibit and punish such wrongs.

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