vagrancy

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noun va·gran·cy \ˈvā-grən(t)-sē\

Definition of vagrancy

plural

vagrancies

  1. 1 :  the state or action of being vagrant

  2. 2 :  the offense of being a vagrant

  3. 3 :  vagary

Examples of vagrancy in a Sentence

  1. a frequent victim to the vagrancies of the heart, she had a succession of passionate but short-lived romances

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Origin and Etymology of vagrancy

1vagr(ant) or 2vagr(ant) + -ancy


First Known Use: 1641


Law Dictionary

vagrancy

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noun va·gran·cy \ˈvā-grən-sē\

Legal Definition of vagrancy

plural

vagrancies

  1. 1 :  the act or practice of wandering about from place to place

  2. 2 :  the crime of wandering about without employment or identifiable means of support the court struck down the vagrancy law as unconstitutionally vague

Additional Notes on vagrancy

Most vagrancy laws have been abolished.



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