organized crime definition

  • noun:
    • extensive criminal activities, such as for instance prostitution, interstate theft, or illegal gambling, that take place within a centrally managed formal framework.
    • individuals additionally the groups involved in such unlawful tasks.
    • some large criminal companies (usually competing for areas and regions) that deal in illegal goods and services.
    • The crimes perpetrated by those organizations.
    • sets of persons arranged for illegal functions, such as for instance bootlegging, performing illegal betting, loansharking, extortion, etc.; -- a general term encompassing many forms of unlawful teams, but specifically those that tend to be consolidated into “families” almost acknowledging each other's different elements of operation; occasionally considered similar to the mafia or even the syndicate.
    • underworld organizations

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