The following definitions for “anarchy” are taken from Ballantine’s Law Dictionary (3rd edition), Bouvier’s Law Dictionary (6th edition), Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd edition), and “Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:”
The absence of government; a state of society where there is no law or supreme power. Political disorder coupled with violence [Spies v. People, 122 Ill 1, 12 NE 865, 17 NE 898].
The absence of all political government; by extension, it signifies confusion in government.
The destruction of government; lawlessness; the absence of all political government; by extension, confusion in government [See Spies v. People, 122 Ill. 1, 253, 12 N. E. 865, 3 Am. St. Rep. 320; Lewis v. Daily News Co., 81 Md. 466, 32 Atl. 246, 29 L. R. A. 59; People v. Most, 36 Misc. Rep. 139, 73 N. Y. Supp. 220; Von Gerichten v. Seitz, 94 App. Div. 130, 87 N. Y. Supp. 968].
AN’ARCHY, n. [Gr. rule.]
- Want of government; a state of society, when there is no law or supreme power, or when the laws are not efficient, and individuals do what they please with impunity; political confusion.