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A fault, flaw, defect, or imperfection. Immoral conduct, practice, or habit.

In Civil Law, redhibitory vices are defects or flaws in the subject matter of a sale that entitle the buyer to return the item and recover the purchase price.A vice crime is any type of immoral and illegal activity, such as prostitution, the sale of Drugs and Narcotics, and gambling.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

VICE. A term used in the civil law and in Louisiana, by which is meant a defect in a thing; an imperfection. For example, epilepsy in a slave, roaring and crib-biting in a horse, are vices. Redhibitory vices are those for which the seller will be compelled to annul a sale, and take back the thing sold. Poth. Vente, 203; Civ. Code of Lo. art. 2498 to 2507; 1 Duv. n. 396.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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ANDY CARROLL's equaliser maintained Newcastle's vicelike grip on the Championship promotion race following a battling second-half comeback by Chris Hughton's men.
NO COUNTRY For Old Men holds the audience in a vicelike grip as the Coen brothers crank up the tension.
No Country for Old Men holds us in a vicelike grip as these men slowly gravitate towards one another, destined to collide in a hail of bullets.
LEADERS Surrey pushed ailing champions Yorkshire closer to the relegation trapdoor by taking a vicelike grip on their encounter at Guildford yesterday.
If everything is going wrong for Chelsea, the opposite is true for Sir Alex Ferguson's United, whose vicelike grip on the Premiership trophy got a bit tighter as a result of their 3-1 triumph at Everton.
After that Birmingham took a vicelike grip on the tie.
Kompany tried to put a positive slant on the Blues' present predicament, but no amount of spin can detract from the fact they are in the vicelike grip of a crisis.
What is important now of course (because what is done is done) is how that vicelike grip on the purse strings will impact on the appointment of Pardew's successor.
But what those who retain a vicelike grip on the information flow emanating from The Stadium of Light perhaps don't appreciate is that by isolating their supporters, what they are actually doing is isolating themselves.
The Potters have maintained a vicelike grip over fixtures with the Baggies and have won five of the last six clashes between the two clubs.
Holding us in vicelike grip as the killer, his prey, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Jones) and bounty hunter Carson Wells (Harrelson) slowly gravitate towards one another, the Coens know how to crank up the tension.
Runswere at apremium as Matt Mason and Ali imposed a vicelike grip on the batsmen and Andrew Hall reaped the benefits.