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

     

    first-degree

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  1. 1 first-degree murder, assault, robbery, etc. murder, etc. of the most serious kind
  2. 2first-degree burns burns of the least serious of three kinds, affecting only the surface of the skin compare second-degree, third-degree