Degree Law and Legal Definition

Degree means, extent, measure or scope in accomplishment of an act or a duty, or in the determination of a relationship. Degree is a level of an offense like murder. Legal extent of guilt and appropriate punishment will be determined according to the levels of degree. The word degree is derived from the French word, ‘degre’ which means step in a stairway or the round of a ladder. Degree is a level of relation descending from a common ancestor. Degree is further the state or condition of a person.