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  • IDEM
    Lat. The same. According to Lord Coke, "idem" has two significations. sc., idem syllabis seu verbis, (the same in syllables or words,) and idem re et sensu, (the same in substance and in sense.) 10 Coke. 124a. In old practice. The said, or aforesaid; said, aforesaid. Distinguished from "prae-dictus" in More...
    The same for the same. An illustration of a kind that really adds no additional element to the consideration of the question. Idem semper antecedent! proximo refertur. Co. Litt. 685. "The same" is always referred to its next antecedent
    Sounding the same or alike; having the same sound. A term applied to naines which are substantially the same, though slightly varied In the spelling, as "Lawrence" and "Lawrance," and the like. 1 Crom0. A M. 806; 3 Chit Gen. Pr. 171. Two names are said to be "idem sonantes" More...
    Proof of identity; the proving that a person, subject, or article before the court is the very same that he or it is alleged, charged, or reputed to be; as where a witness recognizes the prisoner at the bar as the same person whom he saw committing the crime; or More...
    In English law. An ancient writ (now obsolete) which lay for one taken and arrested in any personal action, and committed to prison, by mistake for another man of the same name. Fitzh. Nat Brer. 267.
    In tbe law of evidenoe. Sameness; the fact that a subject, person, or thing before a court is the same as it Is represented, claimed, or charged to be. See Burrill, Circ. Ev. 382, 453, 631, 644. In patent law. Such sameness between two designs, inventions, combinations, etc., .as will More...
  • IDEO
    Lat. Therefore. Calvin.
    Lat. Therefore it is considered. These were the words used at the beginning ef the entry of judgment in an action, when the forms were in Latin. They are also used as a name for that portion of the record.
  • IDES
    A division of time among the Romans. In March, May, July, and October, the Ides were on the 15th of the month; in the remaining months, on the 13th. This method of reckoning is still retained in the chancery of Rome, and in the calendar of the breviary. Wharton.
    Gmco-Lat. In the civil law. Ah instrument privately executed, as* distinguished from such as were executed before a public officer. Cod. 8, 18, 11; Calvin.
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