a) Given to larceny, tending to thievery.

These late fees are larcenous. I should have read the fine print before signing.

b) Resembling theft, often applied to legal actions that seem unfair.

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  • larcenous — lar·ce·nous / lär sə nəs/ adj 1: of, relating to, or having the nature of larceny larcenous intent a larcenous scheme 2: committing larceny Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Larcenous — Lar ce*nous, a. [Cf. OE. larrecinos. See {Larceny}.] Having the character of larceny; as, a larcenous act; committing larceny. The larcenous and burglarious world. Sydney Smith. {Lar ce*nous*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • larcenous — 1742, from LARCENY (Cf. larceny) + OUS (Cf. ous) …   Etymology dictionary

  • larcenous — /larsanas/ Having the character of larceny; as a larcenous taking. Contemplating or intending larceny; as a larcenous purpose. @ larcenous intent A larcenous intent exists where a man knowingly takes and carries away the goods of another without… …   Black's law dictionary

  • larcenous — larceny ► NOUN (pl. larcenies) ▪ theft of personal property (in English law replaced as a statutory crime by theft in 1968). DERIVATIVES larcenist noun larcenous adjective. ORIGIN Old French larcin, from Latin latro robber …   English terms dictionary

  • larcenous — adjective Date: 1742 1. having the character of or constituting larceny 2. committing larceny • larcenously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • larcenous — larcenously, adv. /lahr seuh neuhs/, adj. 1. of, resembling, or characteristic of larceny. 2. guilty of larceny. [1735 45; LARCEN(Y) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • larcenous — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Tending to larceny: thievish. See CRIMES …   English dictionary for students

  • larcenous — adj. of thievery, characteristic of theft; guilty of theft …   English contemporary dictionary

  • larcenous — lar·ce·nous …   English syllables

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