disorderly conduct


disorderly conduct

noun

Definition of DISORDERLY CONDUCT

:  a petty offense chiefly against public order and decency that falls short of an indictable misdemeanor

First Known Use of DISORDERLY CONDUCT

1786

disorderly conduct

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Conduct likely to lead to a disturbance of the public peace or that offends public decency. It has been held to include the use of obscene language in public, fighting in a public place, blocking public ways, and making threats. Statutes against disorderly conduct must identify the specific acts that constitute it. The offense usually carries minor penalties.

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