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third-degree (not comparable)

  1. Third-degree. Compare first-degree, second-degree and fourth-degree.
    1. (law) The least severe cases of murder, burglary or various other felonies.
      He was recently convicted of third-degree manslaughter because of his drunken-driving accident.
    2. (of a burn) Causing severe scarring, loss of epidermis, subcutaneous tissue and possibly of hair, which is more damaging than first-degree, second-degree and less than fourth-degree burns.

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Sometimes also written as in the third degree or 3rd degree.

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