precrime

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

pre- +‎ crime

Adjective[edit]

precrime (not comparable)

  1. Before a crime.
    • 1995, Robert K. Ressler, Ann Wolbert Burgess, John E. Douglas, Sexual homicide: patterns and motives (page 65)
      The precrime actions of the murderers in the days and hours before they killed provide clues to their mental states at the time of the murders.

Noun[edit]

precrime (countable and uncountable, plural precrimes)

  1. (countable) The act that is close to, or is a precursor of a crime.
  2. (uncountable) The tendency in criminal justice systems to focus on crimes not yet committed.