Legal Term Dictionary

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    Lat. Have or take your effects to yourself. One of the old Roman forms of divorcing a wife. Calvin.
    Lat. Fit; suitable; active; useful, (of a servant.) Proved; authentic, (of Book of Saints.) Fixed; stable, (of authority of the king.) Du Cange.
    A disposition or condition of the body or mind acquired by custom or a usual repetition of the same act or function. Knickerbocker L. Ins. Co. v. Foley, 105 U. S. 354, 26 L. Ed. 1055; Conner v. Citizens' St. R. Co., 146 Ind. 430, 45 N. E. 662; State More...
    A covenant by a lessee to "put the premises into habitable repair" binds him to put them into such a state that they may be occupied, not only with safety, but with reasonable comfort, for tbe purposes for which they are taken. Miller v. McCardell, 19 R. I. 304, 33 More...
    Settled dwelling in a given place; fixed and permanent residence there. This term is more comprehensive than "domicile," for one may be domiciled in a given place though he does not spend the greater portion of his time there, or though he may be absent for long periods. It is More...
    Fr. In French and Canadian law. A resident tenant; a settler; a tenant who kept hearth and home on the seigniory.
    Lat. In the civil law. The right of dwelling; the right of free residence in another's house. Inst 2, 5; Dig. 7, 8.
    In the civil law. The right of a person to live in the house of another without prejudice to the property. It differed from a usufruct, in this: that the usufructuary might apply the house to any purpose, as of a store or manufactory; whereas the party having the right More...
    By statute in several states, one who is convicted of a felony, having been previously convicted of any crime (or twice so convicted), or who is convicted of a misdemeanor and has previously (in New York) been five times convicted of a misdemeanor. Crim. Code N. Y. 1903, s 510; More...
    A person given to ebrlety or the excessive use of intoxicating drink, who has lost the power or the will, by frequent indulgence, to control his appetite for it Ludwlck v. Com., 18 Pa. 174; Gourlay v. Gourlay; 16 R. I. 705, 19 Atl. 142; Miskey's Appeal, 107 Pa. 626; More...
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