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    Open; manifest; public; issuing in action, as distinguished from that which rests merely in intention or design. -Market overt. See MARKET.-Overt act. |n criminal law. An open, manifest act from Which criminality may be implied. An open act, which must be manifestly proved. 3 Inst. 12. Ah overt act essential More...
    An opening; a proposal.
    Equality. This word is used in law In several compound phrases, as follows: "1.Owelty of partition is a sum of money paid by one of two coparceners or co-tenants to the other, when a partition has been effected between them, but, the land not being susceptible of division into exactly More...
    Something unpaid. A debt, for example, is owing while it is unpaid, and whether it be due or not. Coquard v. Bank of Kansas City, 12 Mo. App. 261; Mus-selman v. Wise, 84 Ind. 248; Jones v. Thompson, 1 El., Bl. & El. 64.
    In English law. Persons who carried wool, etc., to the sea-side by night, in order that it might be shipped off contrary to law. Jacob.
    In English law. The offense of transporting wool or sheep out of the kingdom ; so called from Its being usually carried on in the night. 4 Bl. Comm. 154.
    The person in whom is vested the ownership, dominion, or title of property; proprietor. Garver v. Hawkeye Ins. Co., 69 Iowa, 202, 28 N. W. 555; Turner v. Cross, 83 Tex. 218, 18 S. W. 578, 15 L. R. A. 262; Coombs v. People, 108 111. 586, 64 N. E. More...
    The complete dominion, title, or proprietary right in a thing or claim. See PROPERTY. The ownership of a thing is the right of one or more persons to possess and use it to the exclusion of others. In this Oode, the thing of which there may be ownership is called More...
    A restitution anciently made by a hundred or county for any wrong done by one that was within the same. Lamb. Arch. 125.
    In old English law. As much land as an ox could till. Co. Litt 5a. A measure of land of uncertain quantity. In Scotland, it consisted of thirteen acres. Spelman.
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