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Third Degree

A colloquial term used to describe unlawful methods of coercing an individual to confess to a criminal offense by overcoming his or her free will through the use of psychological or physical violence.

The least serious grade of a specific crime—the grades being classified by the law according to the circumstances under which the crime is committed—for which the least punishment specified by statute will be imposed.

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The Cumhuriyet daily previously reported that TopbaE-, with Erdoy-an's full support, moved to find "suitable" academics to issue an environmental impact report (EcED) to change the first-degree protected zone in Urla to a third-degree one.
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Third-degree burns affect the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.
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The driver suffered second- and third-degree burns on 10 percent of his upper body and face.
In fact, years earlier he had pleaded guilty to third-degree assault--a misdemeanor--after being charged with a felony.
By the end of his tour of duty he was advanced to Airman 1st Class, earned a first-degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, a third-degree Brown Belt in Judo and began entering military competitions.