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    An equality of blood or dignity, but more especially of land, in the partition of an inheritance between co-heirs; more properly, however, an equality of condition among nobler, or persons holding hy a noble tenure. Thus, when a fief is divided among brothers, the younger hold their part of the More...
    A part or section of a statute, pleading, affidavit, etc., which contains one article, tbe sense of which is complete. McClellan v. Heln, 56 Neb. 600, 77 N. W. 120; Hill v. Fairhaven A W. R. Co., 75 Conn. 177, 52 Atl. 725; Marine v. Pack-ham, 52 Fed. 579, 3 More...
    For two lines of street railway to be "parallel," within the meaning of a statute, it may not be necessary that the two lines should be parallel for the whole length of each or either route. Exact parallelism is not contemplated. Cron-in v. Highland St Ry. Co., 144 Mass. 254, More...
    Above; upwards. That which is superior; usually applied to the highest lord of the fee of lands, tenements, or hereditaments, as distinguished from the mesne (or intermediate) lord. Fitzh. Nat. Brev. 135. In the law of real property, the term "paramount title" properly denotes one which Is superior to the More...
    In the civil law. Goods brought by wife to husband over and above her dowry.
    In the civil law. The separate property of a married woman, other than that which is included In her dowry, or doa. The separate property of the wife is divided into dotal and extradotal. Dotal property Is that which the wife brings to the husband to assist him in bearing More...
    Fr. French law. All the wife's property which is not subject to the rdgime dotal is called by this name; and of these articles the wife has the entire administration; but she may allow the husband to enjoy them, and in that case he is not liable to account. Brown.
    The sixth day of the last week in Lent particularly called "Good Friday." In English law, it is a dies non juridicus.
    In the civil law. A conventicle, or unlawful meeting.
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