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 for Criminal action
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Criminal \Crim"i*nal\ (kr?m"?-nal), a. [L. criminalis, fr.
     crimen: cf. F. criminel. See Crime.]
     1. Guilty of crime or sin.
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              The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us
              criminal in the sight of God.         --Rogers.
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     2. Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an
        act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness.
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              Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications
              of vice, not criminal in themselves.  --Addison.
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     3. Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal
        code.
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              The officers and servants of the crown, violating
              the personal liberty, or other right of the subject
              . . . were in some cases liable to criminal process.
                                                    --Hallam.
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     Criminal action (Law), an action or suit instituted to
        secure conviction and punishment for a crime.
  
     Criminal conversation (Law), unlawful intercourse with a
        married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim.
        con.
  
     Criminal law, the law which relates to crimes.
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