Legal Term Dictionary

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    In old English law. Put forth or promulgated, when speaking of the passage of a statute; and brought forth, or born, when speaking of the birth of a child.
    Within the meaning of a statute relative to the powers and duties of guardians, this term comprehends not merely the instruction received at school or college, but the whole course of training, moral, intellectual, and physical. Education may be particularly directed to either the mental, moral, or physical powers and More...
    The result which an instrument between parties will produce In their relative rights, or which a statute will produce .upon the existing law, as discovered from the language used, the forms employed, or other materials for construing it. The phrases "take effect," "be in force," "go into operation," etc, have More...
    Personal estate or property. This word has been held to be more comprehensive than the word "goods," as including fixtures, which "goods" will not include. Bank v. Byram, 131 111. 92, 22 N. B. 812. In wills. The word "effects" is equivalent to "property," or "worldly substance," and, if used More...
    In Turkish language. Master; a title of respect.
    The working cause; that cause which produces effects or results; an intervening cause, which produces results which would not have come to pass except for its interposition, and for which, therefore, the person who set in motion the original chain of causes is not responsible. Central Coal & Iron Co. More...
    The corporeal representation of a person. To make the effigy of a person with an intent to make him the object of ridicule is a libel." 2 Chit Crim. Law, 866.
    The running of a prescribed period of time to its end; expiration by lapse of time. Particularly applied to the termination of a lease by the expiration of the term for which it was made.
    When this phrase is used in leases, conveyances, and other like deeds, or in agreements expressed in simple writing, it indicates the conclusion or expiration of an agreed term of years specified in the deed or writing, such conclusion or expiration arising in the natural course of events, in contradistinction More...
    Forcibly; applied to military force.
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