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    The dissection of a dead body for the purpose of inquiring Into the cause of death. Pub. St. Mass. 1882, p. 1288. Sudduth v. Insurance Co. (C. C.) 106 Fed. 823.
    L. Fr. Another. —Autre action pendant. Another action pending.—Autre droit. The right of another. —Autre vie. Another's life. A person holding an estate for or during the life of another is called a tenant "pur autre vie" or "pur terms d'autre vie." Litt s 56; 2 Bl. Comm. 120. .
    L. Fr. At another time; formerly; before; heretofore. —Autrefois acquit. In criminal law. Formerly acquitted. The name of a plea in bar to a criminal action, stating that the defendant has been once already indicted and tried for the same alleged offense and has been acquitted. Simco v. State, 9 More...
    Aiding; attendant on; ancillary, (q. v.) As an auxiliary bill in equity, an auxiliary receiver. See Buckley v. Harrison, 10 Misc. Rep. 683, 31 N. Y. Supp. 1001.
    In feudal and old English law. Aid; compulsory aid, hence a tax or tribute; a kind of tribute paid by the vassal to his lord, being one of the incidents of the tenure by knight's service. Spelman. —Auxilium ad filium militem faciendum et filiam meritandum. An ancient writ which was More...
    In feudal law. The right of marriage, which the lord or guardian in chivalry had of disposing of his infant ward in matrimony. A guardian in socage had also the same right but not attended with the same advantage. 2 BL Comm. 88. In Scotch law. A certain sum due More...
    This phrase among mercantile men, is a term well understood to be anything which can readily be converted into money; but it is not necessarily or primarily money itself. McFad-den v. Leeka, 48. Ohio St 513, 28 N. E. 8741 Benedict v. Huntington, 32 X. Y. 224; Brig-ham v. Tillinghast, More...
    Profits, or proceeds. This word seems to have been construed only in reference to wills, and in them it means the corpus or proceeds of the estate after the payment of the debts. 1 Amer. & Eng. Enc. Law, 1039. See Allen v. De Witt, 3 N. Y. 279; McNaughton More...
  • AVAL
    In French law. The guaranty of a bill of exchange; so called because usually placed at the foot or bottom (aval) of the bill. Story, Bills, §§ 394, 454. The act of subscribing one's signature at the bottom of a promissory note or of a bill of exchange; properly an More...
    L. Fr. Chance; hazard; mischance.
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