vagrancy
va·gran·cy /'vā-grən-sē/ n pl -cies
1: the act or practice of wandering about from place to place
2: the crime of wandering about without employment or identifiable means of support
the court struck down the vagrancy law as unconstitutionally vague
◇ Most vagrancy laws have been abolished.

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

vagrancy
noun evagation, hoboism, indolence, itinerancy, pererration, roaming, roving, shiftlessness, vagabondage, vagabondism, wandering, wayfaring associated concepts: common-law vagrancy, loitering

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


vagrancy
n.
The act of living as a vagrant.

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


vagrancy
The condition, once considered a crime, of being without work or permanent home and dependent on begging/ Until the 1970s police used vagrancy laws to charge (or threaten) "undesirable" persons who might be suspected of criminal activity. Since then courts have struck down vagrancy laws as unconstitutionally vague.(See also: loiter)
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


vagrancy
n. A vague, poorly delineated set of minor offenses (dating from the downfall of feudalism in England, when there was an acute shortage of laborers), such as being in a condition of unemployment, wandering from place to place with no apparent purpose, and having no visible means of support. More recently, the police have utilized vagrancy statutes for arresting persons thought to have committed a crime, when lack of probable cause for the person's arrest is lacking. Vagrancy statutes have not been well received by the courts, due to their abuse, and have often been declared unconstitutional due to their vagueness, and their ignoring of due process.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


vagrancy
The condition of an individual who is idle, has no visible means of support, and travels from place to place without working.

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


vagrancy
The condition of an individual who is idle, has no visible means of support, and travels from place to place without working.

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

vagrancy
n.
   moving about without a means to support oneself, without a permanent home, and relying on begging. Until recently it was considered a minor crime (misdemeanor) in many states. Constitutionally it is evident that being poor is not a crime. The same is true of "loitering."
   See also: loiter

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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