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Definition: Appropriation


Quick Summary of Appropriation

The action of taking something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.

What is the dictionary definition of Appropriation?

Dictionary Definition

  1. An act or instance of appropriating.
  2. That which is appropriated.
  3. Public funds set aside for a specific purpose.

Full Definition of Appropriation

In relation to Theft, appropriation refers to any assumption by a person of the rights of an owner. This is defined in section 3(1) of the Theft Act 1968. The assumption of just one right is enough (R v Morris). It is a neutral act, which can be done with the consent of the owner (R v Gomez).

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Appropriation are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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