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immoralitynoun atrocity, bad repute, carnality, concupiscence, contamination, corruption, criminality, delinquency, demoralization, depravity, dissoluteness, evil, indecency, iniquity, knavery, lechery, lewdness, loose morals, misdoing, obscenity, perversion, salacity, sexual promiscuity, sin, turpitude, vice, wickedness, wrong
Associated concepts: adultery, bribery, criminal conversaaion, immoral conduct, immoral contracts, lewdness
See also: bad repute, delinquency, guilt, misconduct, misdoing, obscenity, perversion, turpitude, vice, wrong
IMMORALITY. that which is contra bonos mores. In England, it is not
punishable in some cases, at the common law, on, account of the
ecclesiastical jurisdictions: e. g. adultery. But except in cases belonging
to the ecclesiastical courts, the court of king's bench is the custom morum,
and may punish delicto contra bonos mores. 3 Burr. Rep. 1438; 1 Bl. Rep. 94;
2 Strange, 788. In Pennsylvania, and most, if not all the United States, all
such cases come under one and the same jurisdiction.
2. Immoral contracts are generally void; an agreement in consideration of future illicit cohabitation between the parties; 3 Burr. 1568; S. C. 1 Bl. Rep. 517; 1 Esp. R. 13; 1 B. & P. 340, 341; an agreement for the value of libelous and immoral pictures, 4 Esp. R. 97; or for printing a libel, 2 Stark. R. 107; or for an immoral wager, Chit. Contr. 156, cannot, therefore, be enforced. For whatever arises from an immoral or illegal consideration, is void: quid turpi ex causa promissum est non valet. Inst. 3, 20, 24.
3. It is a general rule, that whenever an agreement appears to be illegal, immoral, or against public policy, a court of justice leaves the parties where it finds them; when the agreement has been executed, the court will not rescind it; when executory, the count will not help the execution. 4 Ohio R. 419; 4 John. R. 419; 11 John. R. 388; 12 John. R. 306; 19 John. R. 341; 3 Cowen's R. 213; 2 Wils. R. 341.