disorderly conduct

noun
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of disorderly conduct

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

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First Known Use of disorderly conduct

1786

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disorderly conduct

noun dis·or·der·ly conduct

legal Definition of disorderly conduct

: conduct that is likely to lead to a disturbance of the public peace or that offends public decency; also : the petty offense of engaging in disorderly conduct — compare breach of the peace
Note: The term disorderly conduct is used in statutes to identify various acts against the public peace. It has been held to include the use of obscene language in public, the blocking of public ways, and the making of threats. A statute must identify acts that constitute disorderly conduct with sufficient clarity in order to avoid being held unconstitutional because of vagueness.


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