Legal Term Dictionary

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    Disused; neglected; not observed. The term is applied .to statutes which have become inoperative by lapse ot time, either because the reason for their enactment has passed away, or their subject-matter no longer exists, or they are not applicable to changed circumstances, or are tacitly disregarded by all men, yet More...
    Lat. Withstand beginnings; resist the first approaches or encroachments. "It is the duty of courts to be'watchful for the constitutional rights of the citizen, and against any stealthy encroachments thereon. Their motto should be 'Obrta principiU: " Bradley, J., Boyd v. U. S., 116 U. S. 635, 6 Sup. Ct More...
    Withstanding; hindering. See NON OBSTANTE.
    Obligation; bond.
    1. To block up; to Interpose obstacles; to render impassable; to flH with barriers or impediments; as to obstruct a road or way. U. S. v. Williams, 28 Fed. Cas. 633; Chase v. Oshkosh, 81 Wis. 313, 51 N. W. 560, 15 L. R. A. 553, 29 Am. St. Rep. More...
    In criminal law. The act by which one or more persons attempt to prevent or do prevent the execution of lawful process.
    This is the word properly descriptive of an injury to any one's incorporeal hereditament, e. a., his right to an easement, or profit a prendre; an alternative word being "disturbance," On the other hand, "infringement" is the word properly descriptive of an injury to any one's patent-rights or to his More...
    To acquire; to get hold of by effort; to get and retain possession of; as, in the offense of "obtaining" money or property by false pretenses. See Com. v. Schmunk, 207 Pa. 544, 56 Atl. 1088,. 90 Am. St. Rep. 801; People v. General Sessions, 13 Hun (N. Y.) 400; More...
    Lat To obey. Hence the Scotch "obtemper," to obey or comply with a judgment of a court.
    To protest.
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