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Conduct that is unjust, depraved, or shameful; that which is contrary to justice, modesty, or good morals.

Moral turpitude is a term that frequently appears in statutes, especially those providing that if a witness has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, that conviction can be used to impeach his or her credibility. Similar statutes authorize revocation of a professional license for conduct involving moral turpitude.


noun bad character, bad name, baseness, character, corruption, decadence, degeneracy, degradation, depravity, disrepute, ill repute, immorality, infamy, obscenity, perfidy, shady reputation, vileness, wickedness, wrongdoing
See also: bad faith, bad repute, corruption, defilement, delinquency, discredit, dishonor, disrepute, guilt, knavery, misconduct, misdoing, perversion, shame, vice, wrong

TURPITUDE. Everything done contrary to justice, honesty, modesty or good morals, is said to be done with turpitude.

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92) If it is a conviction for immigration purposes, then one must decide whether the conviction (1) contains an element of moral turpitude, (2) matches elements of generic crimes listed as an aggravated felony, or (3) matches the other enumerated crimes in the INA.
According to Israeli law, a public official convicted of a criminal offense to which moral turpitude has been attributed is barred from civil service for seven years, regardless of the length of his sentence.
And unless the offence involves moral turpitude, for non- serious offences, public employment should not be denied because keeping a person out of society breeds criminality.
You see, tampering with a public record--the original Class A misdemeanor with which Meadors was charged--is a moral turpitude offense that could come back to haunt.
Lieberman is not worried about a conviction, but the severity and type of moral turpitude that might be attached to it," the editorial said.
Yerushalmi pointed out that Lieberman's plan to seek a speedy resolution of the case was something of a gamble, noting that he could find himself out in the cold if the legal process drags on, or the final conviction has a moral turpitude finding attached to it.
Once in Pakistan, "he must be proceeded against by his department for removal of service on grounds of moral turpitude.
If Lieberman is convicted for a charge that carries moral turpitude after he is elected to the next Knesset he will have to resign immediately.
Moral turpitude is stigma and brand, Repetitious suffering is the destiny hand.
regarding crimes of moral turpitude that has dramatically changed the
Additionally, the applicant must not have been convicted in a freedom-restricting penalty in a felony or misdemeanour involving moral turpitude or dishonesty unless being pardoned by a competent authority or reinstituted in accordance with the law.