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    See AUCTION.
    In its most usual signification this word is the synonym of imposts or customs ; but it is sometimes used in a broader sense, as including all manner of taxes, charges, or governmental impositions. Pollock v. Farmers' L. & T. Co., 158 U. S. 601; 15 Sup. Ct 912, 39 More...
  • DUTY
    In its use in jurisprudence, this word is the correlative of right. Thus, wherever there exists a right in any person, there also rests a corresponding duty upon some other person or upon all persons generally. But It Is also used, In a wider sense, to designate that class of More...
    (From duo, two, and viri, men.) A general appellation among the ancient Romans, given to any magistrates elected In pairs to fill any office, or perform any function. Brande. Duumviri municipals were two annual magistrates in the towns and colonies, having judicial powers. Calvin. Duumviri na vales were officers appointed More...
  • DUX
    In Roman law. A leader or military commander. The commander of an army. Dig. 3, 2, 2, pr. In feudal and old European law. Duke; a title of honor, or order of nobility. 1 Bl. Comm. 997; Crabb, Eng. Law, 236. In later law. A military governor of a province. More...
  • D. W. I.
    In genealogical tables, a common abbreviation for "died without issue."
    To have an abode; to inhabit; to live in a place. Gardener v. Wagner, 9 Fed. Cas. 1,154; Ex parte Blumer, 27 Tex. 736; Putnam v. Johnson, 10 Mass. 502; Eatontown v. Shrewsbury, 49 N. J. Law, 188, 6 Atl. 319.
    The house in which a man lives with his family; a residence; the apartment or building, or group of buildings, occupied by a family as a place of residence. In conveyancing. Includes all buildings attached to or connected with the house. 2 Hil. Real Prop. 338, and note. In the More...
    This term is not synonymous with a "place of pauper settlement" Lisbon v. Lyman, 49 N. H. 553. Dwelling-place, or home, means some permanent abode or residence, with Intention to remain; and is not synonymous with "domicile," as used in international law, but has a more limited and restricted meaning. More...
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