Legal Term Dictionary

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    Obtaining anything by fraud or surprise. Acquisition of escheats, etc., from the sovereign, by making false representations. Bell.
    Lat In the civil law. To pass a law contrary to a former law, or to some clause of it; to change a former law in some part of it Calvin.
    In the civil law. The alteration of a law by the passage of one inconsistent with it Calvin.
    Lewd; impure; indecent; calculated to shock the moral sense of man by a disregard of chastity or modesty. Tim-mons v. U. S., 85 Fed. 205, 30.C. C A. 74; U. S. T. Harmon (D. C.) 45 Fed. 414; Dunlop v. U. S., 165 U. S. 486 17 Sup. Ct 875, More...
    The character or quality of being obscene; conduct tending to corrupt the public morals by its indecency or lewd-ness. State v. Pfenninger, 76 Mo. App. 313; U. S. v. Loftis (D. CJ 12 Fed. 67L
    In the civil law. To perform that which has been prescribed by some law or usage. Dig. 1, 3, 32. See Marshall County v. Knoll, 102 Iowa, 673, 69 N. W. 1146.
    Lat In the law of war. A hostage. Obsides, hostages.
    Lat In the civil law. To seal up; as money that had been tendered and refused.
    Ratifying and confirming.
    Becoming obsolete; going out of use; not entirely disused, but gradually becoming so.
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