The refusal or neglect to engage in any lawful
employment, in order to gain a livelihood.
2. The vagrant act of 17 G. II. c. 5, which, with some
modifications, has been adopted, in perhaps most of the states,
describes idle persons to be those who, not having wherewith to
maintain themselves, live idle, without employment, and refuse to
work for the usual and common, wages. These are punishable
according to the difrerent police regulations, with fine and
imprisonment. In Pennsylvania, vagrancy is punished, on a
conviction before a magistrate, with imprisonment for one mouth.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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