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Definition of second-degree adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1second-degree murder, assault, burglary, etc. murder, etc. that is less serious than first-degree crimes
  2. 2second-degree burns burns of the second most serious of three kinds, causing blisters but no permanent marks compare first-degree, third-degree
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