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vagrancy

[vey-gruh n-see] /ˈveɪ grən si/
noun, plural vagrancies.
1.
the state or condition of being a vagrant:
an arrest for vagrancy.
2.
the conduct of a vagrant.
3.
mental wandering; reverie.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; vagr(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonvagrancy, noun, plural nonvagrancies.
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  • Arriving there, he was arrested on a charge of vagrancy.
  • vagrancy, no visible means of support, and disturbing the peace.
British Dictionary definitions for vagrancy

vagrancy

/ˈveɪɡrənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
the state or condition of being a vagrant
2.
the conduct or mode of living of a vagrant
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Word Origin and History for vagrancy
n.

"life of idle begging," 1706, from vagrant + -cy.

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