wex definitions


Definition1) In civil and criminal procedure

To set aside or annul a previous judgment or order.

2) In property law

To surrender or leave the premises.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Sears v. Upton, 130 S.Ct. 3259 (2010) (a judgment) and...



Latin for "it is vacated." A rule or order that sets aside a judgment or annuls a proceeding.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 130 S.Ct. 2743 (2010).

See also




Roaming from place to place without a permanent job, home, or material resources. Many criminal statutes targeting vagrancy have been declared invalid for being unconstitutionally vague — a violation of due process.

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A person who roams from place to place without a permanent job, home, or material resources. Some states criminalize vagrancy. Some criminal vagrancy statutes, however, have been invalidated for being unconstitutionally vague — a violation of...



Hazy, uncertain, or imprecise. Used in reference to words — especially sentences and paragraphs — that are not clearly expressed. A criminal statute is void for vagueness if it is so vague that it fails to give a person fair notice of what...

Vagueness doctrine


1) A constitutional rule that requires criminal laws to state explicitly and definitely what conduct is punishable. Criminal laws that violate this requirement are said to be void for vagueness. Vagueness doctrine rests on the due process...

Valuable consideration

Valuable consideration broadly refers to a sufficient price paid by a party in exchange for something in a contract or sale. The “valuable” description of consideration also may mean that the consideration is monetary in contrast to other...

Valuable papers


In estates and trusts law, documents — in particular, wills — that are important in carrying out a decedent's wishes. In addition to wills, valuable papers include power of attorney forms, title documents, stock certificates, and letters to...

Van Orden v. Perry (2005)

Van Orden v. Perry, 545 U.S. 677 (2005), is a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court held that displaying a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas State Capital does not violate the Establishment Clause...

variable annuity

A variable annuity is an annuity — periodic payments to a recipient — that vary in amount based on the performance of the underlying investments. Variable annuities are tax-deferred and a person does not have to pay any taxes on the income or...