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    The chief officer of police or superintendent of markets in a large town or city in India.
  • CWT
    A hundred-weight; one hundred and twelve pounds. Helm v. Bryant, 11 B. Mon. (Ky.) 64.
  • CY
    In law French. Here. {Cy-apres, hereafter; cy-devant, heretofore.) Also as, so.
    A measure of time; a space in which the same revolutions begin again; a periodical space of time. Enc. Lond.
    The portion belonging to the nation of the mulct for slaying the king, the other portion or were being due to his family. Blount
    A mulct anciently paid by one who killed another, to the kindred of the deceased. Spelman.
    That kind of punishment used by the ancients, and still used by the Chinese, called by Staunton the "wooden collar," by which the neck of the malefactor is bent or weighed down. Enc. Lond.
    As near as [possible. 1 The rule of cy-prc8 is a rule for the construction of instruments in equity, by which the intention of the party is carried out as near as may be, when it would be impossible or illegal to give it literal effect. Thus, where a testator More...
    In Saxon law. A church. —Cyricbryce. A breaking into a church. Blount.—Cyrioaceat. (From, cyric, church, and sceat, a tribute.) In Saxon law. A tribute or payment due to the church. Cowell.
    In old English law. A cyrographer; an officer of the bane-us, or court of common bench. Fleta, lib. 2, c. 36.
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