At common law, the wandering or going about from place to place by an idle person without lawful visible means of support, subsisting on charity, and refraining from working for a living, although able to work. 55 Am J1st Vag § 1. In most of the states, there has been a departure in some particulars, even to a considerable extent, from the common-law definition.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.


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