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Definition of "second-degree" []

  • Causing blistering of the skin, which is more damaging than first-degree burns and less than third-degree and fourth-degree burns. (adjective) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "second-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."
  • "With the knowledge of his blood alcohol level, he likely would have realized that he committed second-degree and not first-degree murder."
  • "Clemmons had been in jail in Pierce County for the past several months on a pending charge of second-degree rape of a child."