unlawful assembly
unlawful assembly n: the offense of assembling with a certain minimum number of others for the purpose of engaging in a riot or other unlawful conduct that threatens public safety, peace, or order; also: a group so assembled

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

unlawful assembly
n.
The gathering of three or more people with the intention of disturbing the peace or committing some unlawful act; definition varies by state.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


unlawful assembly
a meeting of three or more people with the intent of carrying out any unlawful purpose.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


unlawful assembly
When three or more people meet with the intention of carrying out an unlawful act to deliberately disturb the peace.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


unlawful assembly
A meeting of three or more individuals to commit a crime or carry out a lawful or unlawful purpose in a manner likely to imperil the peace and tranquillity of the neighborhood.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


unlawful assembly
A meeting of three or more individuals to commit a crime or carry out a lawful or unlawful purpose in a manner likely to imperil the peace and tranquillity of the neighborhood.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

unlawful assembly
n.
   the act of assembling for the purpose of starting a riot or breaching the peace or when such an assembly reasonably could be expected to cause a riot or endanger the public. Although freedom of assembly is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, law enforcement has the right to require disbursement of such an assembly as part of the "police powers" of the state and the potential dangers of riot or breach of peace are subjective and decided on the spot by police officers or other public officials. Claims of "unlawful assembly" were often used to break up labor union picket lines until the late 1930s, against peaceful civil rights marches in the 1950s and 1960s, and by the police against anti-Vietnam War demonstrators in Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago in the late 1960s.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Unlawful assembly — Assembly As*sem bly, n.; pl. {Assemblies}. [F. assembl[ e]e, fr. assembler. See {Assemble}.] 1. A company of persons collected together in one place, and usually for some common purpose, esp. for deliberation and legislation, for worship, or for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unlawful assembly — Unlawful Un*law ful, a. Not lawful; contrary to law. {Un*law ful*ly}, adv. {Un*law ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] {Unlawful assembly}. (Law) See under {Assembly}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unlawful assembly — is a legal term to describe a group of people with the mutual intent of deliberate disturbance of the peace. If the group are about to start the act of disturbance, it is termed a rout; if the disturbance is commenced, it is then termed a riot …   Wikipedia

  • unlawful assembly — ▪ law       gathering of persons for the purpose of committing either a crime involving force or a noncriminal act in a manner likely to terrify the public. The extent to which a government penalizes disorderly assemblies often reflects the… …   Universalium

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  • unlawful assembly — /ʌnˌlɔfəl əˈsɛmbli/ (say un.lawfuhl uh semblee) noun a meeting of three or more persons with intent to commit a crime or breach of the peace …   Australian English dictionary

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  • unlawful — un·law·ful adj 1: not lawful: not authorized or justified by law 2: acting contrary to or in defiance of the law an unlawful possessor un·law·ful·ly adv un·law·ful·ness n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

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