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  • F.
    In old English criminal law, this letter was branded upon felons upon their being admitted to clergy; as also upon those convicted of fights or frays, or falsity. Jacob; Cowell; 2 Reeve, Eng. Law, 392; 4 Reeve, Eng. Law, 485.
  • F. O. B.
    In mercantile contracts, this abbreviation means "free on board," and imports that the seller or consignor of goods will deliver them on the car, vessel, or other conveyance by which they are to be transported without expense to the buyer or consignee, that is, without charge for packing, crating, drayage, More...
  • FABRIC LANDS
    In English law. Lands given towards the maintenance, rebuilding, or repairing of cathedral and other churches. Cowell; Blount.
  • FABRICA
    In old English law. The making or coining of money.
  • FABRICARE
    Lat. To make. Used in old English law of a lawful coining, and also of an unlawful making or counterfeiting of coin. See 1 Salk. 342.
  • FABRICATE
    To fabricate evidence is to arrange or manufacture circumstances or indicia, after the fact committed, with the purpose of using them as evidence, and of deceitfully making them appear as if accidental or undesigned; to devise falsely or contrive by artifice with the intention to deceive. Such evidence may be More...
  • FABULA
    In old European law. A contract or formal agreement; but particularly used in the Lombardic and Visigothic laws to denote a marriage contract or a will.
  • FAC SIMILE
    An exact copy, preserving all the marks of the original.
  • FAC SIMILE PROBATE
    In England, where the construction of a will may be affected by the appearance of the original paper, the court will order the probate to pass in fac simile, as it may possibly help to show tbe meaning of the testator. 1 Williams, Ex'rs, (7th Ed.) 331, 386, 566.
  • FACE
    The face of an instrument is that which is shown by the mere language employed, without any explanation, modification, or addition from extrinsic facts or evidence. Thus, if the express terms of the paper disclose a fatal legal defect it la said to be "void on its face." Regarded as More...
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