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  • n. The state of being unruly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality or state unruly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being unruly; disregard of restraint; turbulence: as, the unruliness of men or of their passions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline


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  • Conceived as delimiting a verbal habitus or ethos, verse instigates a traverse whose unruliness is grooved deep into the genesis of phrasing — and of its evoked and self-razed alternatives — rather than merely awaiting some transgressive gesture on the reader's part.

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  • And this we command in absolute terms, that you see to it that whichever part of our realm the direction of your march may cause you to pass through you proceed to the aforesaid place in good order and without unruliness, that is, that you. presume to take nothing other than grass, firewood and water.

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  • As power has shifted from the tribes to more affluent, Westernized and urban Jordanians of Palestinian descent, some analysts worry the unruliness is a sign of widening discontent with the country's establishment.

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  • One of the most significant other violations that recurs is unruliness, which is when a parent calls police because they can't control their child, Ballard said.


  • The congressman worked hard to prevent the kind of unruliness seen at other town halls around the country.

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  • I am sitting here reading a speech by a Grammar School HeadMaster in 1948 slamming the 'sheer idleness and sloppiness' of the young, their 'lack of moral fibre', their 'unruliness'.

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  • Referring to the striker's actions, he said: "This kind of unruliness must be condemned."

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  • "unruliness" of a minor (eureka, now we understand why CAIR demanded a guilty plea in exchange for a meaningless deal with the kuffar) and a second charge of "interference with custody," which carries a sentence of six months to a year.

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  • However, given the unruliness of the clan, they aren't as quick to overlook it.

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  • Allusions are made to a culture of celebrity exposés and Page 3 cliches, while the politics of feminism seem embodied within a sense of irreverent unruliness inherited from the cultural anarchy of long-ago dada.

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