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Noun: criminalization  ,kri-mi-nu-lu'zey-shun [N. Amer], ,kri-mi-nu-lI'zey-shun [Brit]
  1. Legislation that makes something illegal
    "the criminalization of marijuana";
    - criminalisation [Brit]

Derived forms: criminalizations

Type of: lawmaking, legislating, legislation

Antonym: decriminalization

Encyclopedia: Criminalization