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1 : a moral fault or failing
2 : defect
3 : immoral activity (as prostitution)
[vīs, vī-sē] prep [Latin, ablative of vic- place, turn]
: in the place of [I will preside, the absent chairman]
: rather than
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.