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IDLENESS. The refusal or neglect to engage in any lawful employment, in order to gain a livelihood.
     2. The vagrant act of 17 G. II. c. 5, which, with some modifications, has been adopted, in perhaps most of the states, describes idle persons to be those who, not having wherewith to maintain themselves, live idle, without employment, and refuse to work for the usual and common, wages. These are punishable according to the different police regulations, with fine and imprisonment. In Pennsylvania, vagrancy is punished, on a conviction before a magistrate, with imprisonment for one mouth.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Here we have two political issues where left and right might come to agreement--the respect for work (higher wages and reduced idleness should have broad appeal) and a sustainability policy that balances the present and the future needs of Americans.
This to me is idleness. A bowl of cereal is not expensive and it is much better for them.
She said that her husband's idleness became the reason of fights between them.
The gesture, according to the Governor would break the chain of idleness and re-orient their mind into productive ventures.
The Beveridge Report, published in November 1942, proposed widespread reforms to the system of social welfare to address what he described as the five "Giant Evils in society": squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease.
'Idleness on the part of officials will not be tolerated,' he warned.
Any inclination towards idleness has been addressed by the application of a visor and she looks well up to winning what appears to be an average Group 3 for fillies.
Neuroscience research shows that idleness helps you be more creative and innovative.
And who'd be paying for all that idleness, all that lying around watching telly, eating crisps and drinking lager?
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Indescribable -- except to mention the author's position as professor of religion at Columbia, and that it contains some of the finest prose and photography you'll find anywhere -- consequently, we will now commit the unpardonable sin of stealing a line from the publisher's press materials: "This timely meditation gives pause in the midst of harried lives and turns attention toward what we usually overlook: night, silence, touch, grace, ghosts, water, earth, stones, bones, idleness, infinity, slowness, and contentment."
Even religion condemns indiscriminate charity which only encourages idleness and a life of dependence.