Legal Term Dictionary

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    To inquire into; to review; to disturb. "The merits of a judgment can never be overhauled by an original-suit" 2 H. Bl. 414.
    In Saxon law. Contumacy or contempt of court Leg. JEtheL c 25.
    To issue in excessive quantity ; to issue in excess of fixed legal limits. Thus, "overissued stock" of a private corporation is capital stock issued in excess of the amount limited und prescribed by the charter or certificate of incorporation. See Hayden v. Charter Oak Driving Park, 63 Conn. 142, More...
    To survive; to live longer than another. Finch, Law, b. 1, c 3, no. 58; 1 Leon. L
    What is left beyond a certain amount; the residue; the remainder of a thing. Lyon v. Tomkies, 1 Mees. & W. 603; Page v. Leapingwell, 18 Ves. 466.
    In a resettlement a clause which saves the powers of sale and leasing annexed to the estate for life created by the origiual settlement, when it is desired to give the tenant for life the same estate and powers under the resettlement. The clause is so called because it provides More...
    To supersede; annul; reject by subsequent action or decision. A Judicial decision is said to be overruled when a later decision, rendered by the same court or by a superior, court in the same system, expresses a judgment upon the same question of law directly opposite to that which was More...
    In old English law. A forfeiture for contempt or neglect in not pursuing a malefactor. 3 Inst. 116.
    A superintendent or supervisor; a public officer whose duties involve general superintendence of routine affairs. -Overseers of highways. The name given, in some of the states, to a board of officers of a city, township, or county, whose special function is the construction and repair of the public roads or More...
    In Scotch law. An umpire appointed by a submission to decide where two arbiters have differed in opinion, or he is named by the arbiters themselves, under powers given them by the submission. Bell.
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