Legal Term Dictionary

Search our free database of thousands of legal terms. The easiest-to-read, most user-friendly guide to legal terms.This dictionary is from the early 20th century and is not to be construed as legal advice.

    In old English law. An ofllcer who procured or purchased articles needed for the king's use at an arbitrary price. In the statute 36 Edw. III. c 2, this is called a "heianou* nome," (heinous or hateful name,) and changed to that of "ocAo-*or." Barring. Ob. St 289.
    That part of a statute commencing with the words "Be it enacted," and continuing as far as the repealing clause; and hence, the design, contemplation, purpose, or scope of the act See Smith v. Hickman, Cooke (Tenn.) 337; Payne v. Conner, 3 Bibb (Ky.) 181; Hirth v. Indianapolis, 18 Ind. More...
  • PUT
    In pleading. To confide to; to rely upon; to submit to. As in the phrase, "the said defendant puts himself upon the country;" that is, he trusts his case to the arbitrament of a jury.
  • PUT IN
    In practice. To place in due form before a court; to place among the records of a court.
    To open. To put out lights; to open or cut windows. 11 East 372. Putagium. haereditatem nom adimlt. 1 Reeve, Eng. Law, c 3, p. 117. Incontinence does not take away an inheritance.
    Reputed; supposed; commonly esteemed. Applied in Scotch law to creditors and proprietors. 2 Karnes, EQ. 105, 107, 109. -Putative father. The # alleged or reputed father of an illegitimate child. State v. Nest-aval, 72 Minn. 415, 75 X. W. 725.-Putative marriage. A marriage contracted in good faith and in ignorance More...
    A "put" in the language of the grain or stock market is a privilege of delivering or not delivering the subject-matter of the sale; and a "call" is a privilege of calling or not calling for it Pixley Boynton, 79 111. 351.
    In English law. Time-bargains, or contracts for the sale of supposed stock on a future day.
    These words are used in the definition of a robbery from the person. The offense must have been committed by putting in fear the person robbed. 3 Inst 68; 4 Bl. Comm. 243.
    , as applied to a bond, or any other legal instrument, signifies bringing an action upon it, or making It the subject of an action.
Showing 1250 of 1254