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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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"Some of the clams close up their shells with a viselike grip that could easily cut off a diver's fingers or toes."
To study the world of picture books is, in part, as the foregoing examples reveal, to confront the enduring rigidity of our gender ideals, their pugnacious tenacity, and their viselike grip on us--a grip that has scarcely relaxed throughout the course of this turbulent twentieth century as we have moved from catastrophic war to restless peace and back again to war, and from generosity and tolerance back again now to nostalgic moralisms and myopias.
My chest muscles squeeze viselike as I watch him focus, nestling the diplomat's face in the scope's cross hairs.
While touring a hospital, she was told of a man dying in an adjacent room and promptly intruded upon his final throes, elbowing the wife aside and seizing the man's hand in a viselike grip.
I fixed myself a nice plate of cheese and crackers and fruits and dips, and was standing there, minding my own business, when all of a sudden a giant cockatoo leapt off its owner's shoulder, flew three feet, grabbed onto my upper arm with a viselike grip and snatched a Dorito right out of my hand.
During a stroke, your elbow should be almost fully extended, and your grip should be firm but not viselike, so that force is transferred to your shoulder.
I was feeling a very unpleasant tightness in my chest, a viselike feeling, and my heart, even at rest, seemed to be skipping beats.
For historian Sylvie Lindeperg, Resnais's film initiated a process of mourning for the "orphans of the deportation." It is the editing of the film, its labile shifts between still images and moving footage, and its disturbance of scale, of distinction between animate and inanimate matter, that give its reflections on genocide a viselike grip on the viewer.
Eugene Gregoryanz of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (D.C.) and his colleagues loaded a microscopic sample of solid sodium into a diamond-anvil cell, a viselike device capable of generating extreme pressure.