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    Originally the governor of a province under the Mogul government of Hin-dostan, whence it became a mere title of any man of high rank, upon whom it was conferred without any office being attached to it Wils. Indian Gloss.
  • NAIF
    L. Fr. A villein; a born slave; a bondwoman.
  • NAIL
    A lineal measure of two inches and a quarter.
    As a term of jurisprudence, this word is equivalent to bare, wanting in necessary conditions, incomplete, as a naked contract, (nudum pactum,) i. e, a contract devoid of consideration, and therefore invalid; or simple, unilateral, comprising but a single clement, as a naked authority, t. c, one which is not More...
  • NAM
    In old English law. A distress or seizure of chattels. As a Latin conjunction, for; because. Often used by the old writers in introducing the quotation of a Latin maxim.
    L. Lat In old records. To take, seize, or distrain.
    L. Lat. In old English and Scotch law. A distraining or taking of a distress; an impounding. Spelman.
  • NAME
    The designation of an individual person, or of a firm or corporation. In law a man cannot have more than one Christian name. Rex v. Newman, 1 Ld. Raym. 662. As to the history of Christian names and surnames and their use and relative importance in law, see In re More...
    Lb Lat In old English law. A taking; a distress. Spelman. Things, goods, or animals taken by way of distress. Simplex namium, a simple taking or pledge. Bract, fol. 205b. -Namium vetitum. An unjust taking of the cattle of another and driving them to an unlawful place, pretending damage done More...
    A celebrated law for the security of Protestants, made by Henry IV. of France, and revoked by Louis XIV., October 2, J685.
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