- Verb: To commit larceny. Daugherty v Thomas, 174 Mich 371, 140 NW 615. To take without right or leave, with intent to keep wrongfully, the goods of another. Grooms v State, 85 Fla 413, 96 So 296. Noun: A taking by larceny or theft. In the broad sense, any conversion or embezzlement. Anno: 55 ALR 836. A colloquial term for the obtaining of property for an inadequate consideration. Having no common-law definition to restrict its meaning as an offense, the word "stealing" is commonly used to denote any dishonest transaction whereby one person obtains that which rightfully belongs to another and deprives the owner of the rights and benefits of ownership, but may or may not involve the element of stealth usually attributed to the word purloin. Crabb v Zerbst (CAS Ga) 99 F2d 562. See intent to steal; larceny; stolen.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.