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Glossary of Terms

"Although it is generally preferable for a jury to be instructed on the statutory definition of a word where one exists, a trial court is not necessarily required to do so. . . . Specific words in a statute need not be defined if they are being used and understood in their ordinary meaning. . . . The definition of words in our standard dictionaries is taken as a matter of common knowledge which the jury is supposed to possess. . . . If this commonly understood meaning of the word, as found in a dictionary and presumably applied by the jury, is substantially the same as the statutory definition, then the failure of the trial court to give the statutory definition could not have had any effect on the jury deliberations." State v. Brown, 259 Conn. 799, 808-809 (2002) (trial court did not define "firearm"; the dictionary definition, which was presumed to have been used by the jury, and the statutory definition are essentially the same).

 

 

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"In the absence of a statutory definition, words and phrases in a particular statute are to be construed according to their common usage. . . . To ascertain that usage, we look to the dictionary definition of the term." (Internal quotation marks omitted.) Chatterjee v. Commissioner of Revenue Services, 277 Conn. 681, 690 (2006); General Statutes 1-1 (a). 

Although the definitions in General Statutes 53a-3 apply only to the Penal Code, the definitions may provide guidance to the definition of terms used in other sections if it is not inconsistent with any of the language in that section. State v. Ramos, 271 Conn 785, 795-97 (2004).
 


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A

Abduct
Abuse
Access
Actor
Administer
Amphetamine-Type Substances
Appropriate
Assault Weapon

B

Barbiturate-Type Drugs
Benefit
Blind Person
Body Armor
Building

C

Cannabis-Type Substances
Cardholder
Cellular Radio Telephone
Check
Child Pornography
Cocaine in a Free-Base Form
Coin Machine
Collect an Extension of Credit
Complete Written Instrument
Computer
Computer Data
Computer Network
Computer Operation
Computer Program
Computer Services
Computer Software
Computer System
Controlled Drugs
Controlled Substance
Correctional Institution
Counterfeit Substance
Credit
Creditor
Credit Card
Crime of Violence
Criminal Negligence
Custody

D

Dangerous Instrument
Data
Deadly Physical Force
Deadly Weapon
Debtor
Deliver and Delivery
Deprive
Disability
Disabled Person
Dispense and Dispenser
Distribute and Distributor
Drawer (of a check)
Drug
Drug Dependence
Drug-Dependent Person
Drug Factory
Drug Paraphernalia
Dwelling

E

Elderly Person
Electronic Communication Device
Electronic Defense Weapon
Electronic Mail Service Provider
Emotionally Dependent
Employee of an Emergency Medical Service Organization
Enters or Remains Unlawfully
Equivalent Property
Erotic Fondling
Exchange
Expired Credit Card
Explosive or Incendiary Device
Extend Credit
Extortionate Extension of Credit
Extortionate Means
Extreme Indifference to Human Life

F

Falsely Alters
Falsely Completes
Falsely Makes
Financial Instrument
Firearm
Firearm, Facsimile of
Firefighter
Forged Instrument
Funds

G

Gender Identity or Expression
Government

H

Hallucinogenic Substances
Hazardous Substance
Health Care Employee

I

Immediate Precursor
Incomplete Written Instrument
Insufficient Funds
Intellectual Disability
Intellectually Disabled Person
Intentionally
Intimate Parts
Intoxication
Issuer (of a Credit Card)
Issues (a Check)

J

Juror

K

Knowingly

L

Labor Official

M

Machine Gun
Manufacture
Marijuana
Martial Arts Weapon
Masturbation
Material
Mechanical Overhearing of a Conversation
Mental Disability
Mental Retardation
Mentally Defective
Mentally Incapacitated
Mentally Retarded Person
Monetary Instrument
Motor Vehicle or Vehicle
Motor Vehicle, Operating

N

Narcotic Substance
Night
Nude Performance

O

Obscene
Obscene as to Minors
Obtain
Official Proceeding
Opiate
Opium Poppy
Other Stimulant and Depressant Drugs
Owner

P

Participating Party
Passes (a Check)
Peace Officer
Performance
Person
Person Selected to be a Public Servant
Physical Disability
Physical Evidence
Physical Injury
Physically Helpless
Pistol or Revolver
Poppy Straw
Possess
Prescribe and Prescription
Private Personal Data
Production
Prohibited Sexual Act
Promote
Property
Prostitution, Advancing
Prostitution, Profiting from
Psychotherapist
Psychotherapy
Public Land
Public Servant

R

Railroad Property
Receive
Recklessly
Relative
Repayment
Representative Drawer
Restrain
Restricted Drugs or Substances
Revoked Credit Card
Revolver, see Pistol or Revolver
Rifle

S

Sado-Masochistic Abuse
Sale
School Employee
Serious Physical Injury
Service
Sexual Contact
Sexual Excitement
Sexual Intercourse
Sexually Explicit Conduct
Shotgun
Slug

T

Therapeutic Deception

U

Unlawfully
Use of Force
Uses a Computer

V

Value (of a Slug)
Vehicle, see Motor Vehicle
Visual Depiction

W

Wiretapping
Without Authority
Witness
Written Instrument

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