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    Capable of being bailed; admitting of ball; authorizing or requiring bail. A bailable action is one in which the defendant cannot be released from arrest except on furnishing bail. Bailable process is such as requires the officer to take bail, after arresting the defendant. A bailable offense is one for More...
    In the law of contracts. One to whom goods are bailed; the party to whom personal property is delivered under a contract of bailment. Phelps v. People, 72 N. Y. 35f; McGee v. French, 49 S. C. 454, 27 S. E. 487; Bergman v. People, 177 111. 244. 52 N. More...
    In the Scotch law. A bailie is (1) a magistrate having inferior criminal jurisdiction, similar to that of an alderman, (q.;v.) (2) an ofllcer appointed to confer infeoffment, (q. v.;) a bailiff, (q. v.;) a server of writs. Bell.
    In a general sense, a person to whom some authority, care, guardianship, or jurisdiction is delivered, committed, or intrusted; one who is deputed or appointed to take charge of another's affairs; an overseer or superintendent; a keeper, protector, or guardian; a steward. Spelman. A sheriff's officer or deputy. 1 Bl. More...
    In old law. A bailiff's jurIsdiction, a bailiwick; the same as bailium Spelman. See BAILIWICK. In old English law. A liberty, or exclusive jurisdiction, which was exempted from the sheriff of the county, and over which the lord of the liberty appointed a bailiff with such powers within his precinct More...
    The territorial jurisdiction of a sheriff or bailiff. 1 Bl. Comm. 344. Greenup v. Bacon. 1 T. B. Mon. (Ky.) 108.
    In Canadian law. The unpaid vendor of real estate.
    In old French law. One to whom judicial authority was assigned or delivered by a superior.
    A delivery of goods or personal property, by one person to another, in trust for the execution of a special object upon or in relation to such goods, beneficial either to the bailor or bailee or both, and upon a contract, express or implied, to perform the trust and carry More...
    The party who bails or delivers goods to another, in the contract of bailment. McGee v. French, 49 S. C. 454, 27 S. E. 487.
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