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as in:  a petty crime

She handles petty crimes.
  of less importance — at times implying insignificance
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petty pettiness pettier pettiest
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  • She handles petty crimes.
  • She has a record of petty theft.
  • Delegate petty matters to your staff and keep your focus on important things.
  • And to be quite honest, Mrs. Dando, the last thing Michael needs is to be troubled by petty things like football and school.
    David Almond  --  Skellig

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  • He’s a petty thief, a nobody.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • To-morrow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
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Associated words [difficulty]:   petty [2] , petty cash [8]
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