actually, without legislation, a condition of disintegration of a society into specific elements caused by the absence of conventions, shared perceptions and objectives. A social system describable as only aggregate, their state of optimum personal entropy.
"absence of accepted social values," 1933, from Durkheim's "Suicide" (1897); a reborrowing with French spelling of anomy.
private condition of separation and anxiety caused by too little personal control and regulation
- lack of moral requirements in a society