Legal Term Dictionary

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    In Saxon law. A recompense or satisfaction for the slaying or murder of a kinsman. Spelman.
    Famous; great; noted;, as Aelmere, all famous. Gibs. Carad.
    Timber; wood suitable for building purposes.
    In English statutes. Witchcraft and sorcery.
    Lat. More; more fully; more In number; rather. Magis de bono qnam de malo lex intendit. Co. Litt. 786. The law favors a good rather than a bad construction. Where the words used in an agreement are susceptible of two meanings, the one agreeable to, the other against, the law, More...
    Lat. In English law. A master or ruler; a person who has attained to some eminent degree In science. Cowell. In tbe civil law. A title of several offices under the Roman Empire. -Magister ad facnltates. In English ecclesiastical law. The title of an officer who grants dispensations; as to More...
    Relating or pertaining to the character, office, powers, or duties of a magistrate or of the magistracy. -Magisterial precinct. In some American states, a local subdivision of a county, defining the territorial jurisdiction of pusticea of the peace and constables. Breckinridge Co. v. McCracken, 61 Fed. 194, 9 C. A. More...
    This term may have a more or less extensive signification according to the use and connection in which it occurs. In its widest sense it includes the whole body of public functionaries, whether their offices be legislative, judicial, executive, or administrative. In a more restricted (and more usual) meaning, it More...
    In old English practice. Magisterial writs; writs adapted to special cases, and so called from being framed by tbe masters or principal clerks of the chancery. Bract, fol. 4136; Crabb, Com. Law, 547, 548.
    A public officer belonging to the civil organization of the state, and Invested with powers and functions which may be either judicial, legislative, or executive. But the term Is commonly used in a narrower sense, designating, in England, a person intrusted with the commission of the peace, and, in America, More...
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