Legal Term Dictionary

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    The natural meaning of the word "extort" is to obtain money or other valuable thing either by compulsion, by actual force, or by the force of motives applied to the will, and often more overpowering and irresistible than physical force. Com. v. O'Brien, 12 Cush. (Mass.) 90. See EXTORTION. Extortio More...
    Any oppression by color or pretense of right, and particularly the exaction by an officer of money, by color of his office, either when none at all is due, or not so much is due, or when it is not yet due. Preston v. Bacon, 4 Conn. 480. Extortion consists More...
    A Latin preposition, occurring in many legal phrases; it means beyond, except without, out of, outside. -Extra allowance. In New York practice. A sum in addition to costs, which may, in the discretion of the court, be allowed to the successful party in cases of unusual difficulty. See Hascall v. More...
    A portion or fragment of a writing. In Scotch law, the certified copy, by a clerk of a court, of the proceedings in an action carried on before the court and of the judgment pronounced; containing also an order for execution or proceedings thereupon. Jacob; Whishaw.
    In old English law. The issues or profits of holding a court, arising from the customary fees, etc.
    The surrender of a criminal by a foreign state to which he has fled for refuge from prosecution to the state within whose jurisdiction the crime was committed, upon the demand of the latter state, in order that he may be dealt with according to its laws. Extradition may be More...
    In Louisiana this term is used to designate that property which forms no part of the dowry of a woman, and which is also called "paraphernal property." Civ. Code La. art. 2315. Fleitas v. Richardson, 147 U. S. 550, 13 Sup. Ct 495, 37 L. Ed. 276.
    In the law of insurance. Characterized or attended by circumstances or conditions of special and unusual danger. Reynolds v. Insurance Co., 47 N. Y. 597; Russell v. Insurance Co., 71 Iowa, 69, 32 N. W. 95.
    In old English law. An animal wandering or straying about, without an owner; an estray. Spelman.
    That which is done, given, or effected outside the course of regular judicial proceedings; not founded upon, or unconnected with, the action of a court of law; as extrajudicial evidence, an extrajudicial oath. That which, though done in the course of regular judicial proceedings, is unnecessary to such proceedings, or More...
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