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Definition of "first-degree" []

  • Limited to redness of skin, such as sunburns, which is less damaging than second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree burns. (adjective)

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Use "first-degree" in a sentence
  • "The results of the test were potentially crucial because severe intoxication can be used to negate the intent required for first-degree murder; it also is a possible basis for the defense of voluntary intoxication, which would lead to a conviction for second-degree, not first-degree murder, and thus not a possible death sentence."
  • "Pittman was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole."
  • "With the knowledge of his blood alcohol level, he likely would have realized that he committed second-degree and not first-degree murder."