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    To lessen; to palliate; to mitigate. Connell v. State, 46 Tex. Cr. R. 259, 81 S. W. 748.
    Such as render a delict or crime less aggravated, heinous, or reprehensible than it would otherwise be, or tend to palliate or lessen its guilt. Such circumstances may ordinarily be shown in order to reduce the punishment or damages.
    The privilege of those persons (such as foreign ministers) who, though temporarily resident within a state, are not subject to the operation of its laws.
    Lat. A foreigner or alien; one born abroad. The opposite of civis. Exterus non habot terras. An alien holds no lands. Tray. Lat Max. 203.
    Extinguished. A rent is said to be extinguished when it is destroyed and put out. Co. Litt. 147b. See EXTINGUISHMENT. Extincto subjecto, tollitur adjunctum. When the subject is extinguished, the incident ceases. Thus, when the business for which a partnership has been formed is completed, or brought to an end, More...
    The destruction or cancellation of a right, power, contract, or estate. The annihilation of a collateral thing or subject in the subject itself out of which it is derived. Prest. Merg. 0. For the distinction between an extinguishment and passing a right see 2 Share. Bl. Comm. 325, note. "Extinguishment" More...
    In English law. A species of destruction or waste, analogous to estrepement See ESTREPEMENT.
    A judicial writ, either before or after judgment, that lay against a person who, when a verdict waa found against him for land, etc., maliciously overthrew any house or extirpated any trees upon it. Reg. Jud. I3, 56.
    In old records. To grub woodland, and reduce it to arable or meadow; "to stock up." Cowell.
    A technical word used in indictments for extortion. It is a sufficient averment of a corrupt intent, in an indictment for extortion, to allege that the defendant "extorsively" took the unlawful fee. Leeman v. State. 35 Ark.. 438, 37 Am. Rep. 44.
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