second-degree

second-degree
1) ADJ: ADJ n In the United States, second-degree is used to describe crimes that are considered to be less serious than first-degree crimes.

The judge reduced the charge to second-degree murder.

2) ADJ: ADJ n A second-degree burn is more severe than a first-degree burn but less severe than a third-degree burn.

James Bell suffered second-degree burns in an explosion.


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