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    English statutes, for amending the practice in prosecutions for libel, 9 A 10 Vict c. 93; also 6 A 7 Vict c. 96, providing for compensation to relatives in the case of a person having been killed through negligence; also 20 & 21 Vict c. 83, in regard to the More...
    A share; a champertor's share; a champertous division or sharing of land.
    A corn-field; a field of grain. Blount; Cowell; Jacob.
    In old English law. The fighting of two champions or combatants in the field; tbe judicial combat, or duellum. 3 lust. 221.
    In old European law. An assembly of the people; so called from being anciently held in the open air, in some plain capable of containing a large, number of persons. In feudal and old English law. A field, or plain. The field, ground, or lists marked out for the combatants More...
  • CANA
    A Spanish measure of length varying (in different localities) from about five to seven feet
    An artificial ditch or trench in the earth, for confining water to a defined channel, to be used for purposes of transportation. The meaning of this word, when applied to artificial passages for water, is a trench or excavation in the earth, for conducting water and confining it to narrow More...
    To obliterate, strike, or cross out; to destroy the effect of an instrument by defacing, obliterating, expunging, or erasing it. In equity. Courts of equity frequently cancel instruments which have answered the end for which they were created, or instruments which are void or voidable, in order to prevent them More...
    Chancery; the court of chancery. Curia cancellaria is also used in the same sense. See 4 Bl. Comm. 46; Cowell Cancellari Anglian dignitas est, ut secundus a rege in regno habetur. The dignity of the chancellor of England is that he is deemed the second from the sovereign in the More...
    A chancellor; a scrivener, or notary. A janitor, or one who stood at the door of the court and was accustomed to carry out the commands of the judges.
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