Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Against public peace, good order, morals, decency or safety.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Contrary to the rules of good order and behavior; violative of the public peace or good order; turbulent, riotous or indecent
    —Disorderly eouduct. A term of loose and indefinite meaning (except as occasionally defined in statutes), but signifying generally any behavior that is contrary to law, and more particularly such as tends to disturb the public peace or decorum, scandalize the community, or shock the public sense of morality. People v. Keeper of State Reformatory, 176 N. Y. 465, 68 N. E. 884; People v. Davis, 80 App. Div. 448, 80 N. Y. Supp. 872; City of Mt. Sterling v. Holly, 108 Ky. 621, 57 S. W. 491; Pratt v. Brown. 80 Tex. 608, 16 S. W. 443; Kahn v. Macon, 95 Ga. 419, 22 S. E. 641; People v. Miller, 38 Hun, 82; Tyrrell v. Jersey City, 25 N. J. Law. 536.
    —Disorderly house. In criminal law. A house the inmates of which' behave so badly as to become a nuisance to the neighborhood. It has a wide meaning, and includes bawdy houses, common gaming houses, and places of a like character. 1 Bish. Crim. Law, § 1106; State v. Wilson, 93 N. C. 608; Hickey v. State, 53 Ala. 514; State v. Garity, 46 N. H. 61; State v. Grosofski, 89 Minn. 343, 94 N. W. 1077; Cheek v. Com., 79 Ky. 359; State v. McGahan, 48 W. Va. 438, 37 S. E. 573.
    — Disorderly persons. Such as are dangerous or hurtful to the public peace and welfare by reason of their misconduct or vicious habits, and are therefore amendable to police regulation. The phrase is chiefly used in statutes, and the scope of the term depends on local regulations. See 4 Bl. Comm. 169. Cr. Proc. N. Y. 1903, § 899.