Legal Term Dictionary

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    In old English law. A fine, or sum of money paid for a lease. Plowd. 270, 271. Supposed to be a corruption of gersuma, (q. v.) See GBESSTJMB,
    1. Soil; earth; a portion of the earth's surface appropriated to private use and under cultivation or susceptible of cultivation. Though this term is sometimes used in conveyances and in statutes as equivalent to "land," it is properly of a more limited signification, because it applies strictly only to the More...
    A custom or tribute paid for the standing of shipping in port. Jacob.
    A crop must be considered and treated as a gracing crop from the time tbe seed is deposited in the ground, as at that time the seed loses the qualities of a chattel, and becomes a part of the free-hold, and passes with a sale of it Wilkinson v. Ketler, More...
    A rate paid in some places for the tithe of every fat beast, ox, or other unfruitful cattle. Clayt 02L
    The principal officers of a forest.
    In mining law. A contract between two parties by which one undertakes to furnish the necessary provisions, tools, and other supplies, and the other to prospect for and locate mineral lands and stake out mining claims thereon, the Interest in the property thus acquired inuring to the benefit of both More...
    In old European law. A pledge. Spelman; Calvin. A custom. Spelman. Spelled also "wadla."
    He to whom a guaranty Is made. This word is also used, as a noun, to denote the contract of guaranty or the obligation of a guarantor, and, as a verb, to denote the action of assuming the responsibilities of a guarantor. But on the general principle of legal orthography,-that More...
    In Spanish law. A written authorization to a court to enforce the performance of an agreement in the same manner as If it had been decreed upon regular legal proceedings.
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