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    A park, (q. v.). A pound for stray cattle. Spelman.
    An act of grace, proceeding from the power intrusted with the execution of the laws, which exempts the individual on whom it is bestowed from the punishment the law inflicts for a crime he has committed. TJ. & v. Wilson, 7 Pet. 100, 8 L. Ed. 040; Ex parte Garland, More...
    In old English law. Persons who carried about the pope's indulgences, and sold them to any who would buy them.
    Lat. In Roman law. A parent ; originally and properly only the father or mother of the person spoken of; but also, by an extension of its meaning, any relative, male or female, in the line of direct ascent. -Parens patria). Parent of the country. In England, the kins;. In More...
    The lawful father or the mother of a person. Appeal of Gibson, 154 Mass. 378, 28 N. E. 296. This word is distinguished from "ancestors" in including only the immediate progenitors of the person, while the latter embraces his more remote relatives in the ascending line.
    or de parentela se tollere, in old English law, signified a renunciation of one's kindred and family. This was, according to ancient custom, done in open court, before the judge, and in the presence of twelve men, who made oath that they believed It was done for a just cause. More...
    Part of a sentence occurring in the middle thereof, and inclosed between marks like ( ), the omission of which part would not Injure the grammatical construction of the rest of the sentence. Wharton; In re Schilling, 53 Fed. 81, 3 U C. A. 440.
    One who murders a parent; also the crime so committed. Parentnm est liberos alere etiam mo-thos. It is the duty of parents to support their children even when illegitimate. Lofft, 222.
    One work executed in the intervals of another; a subordinate task. Particularly, the name of a work on the Canons, in great repute, by Ayliffe.
    Lat A person's peers or equals; as the jury for the trial of causes, who were originally the vassals or tenants of the lord, being the equals or peers of the parties litigant; and, as the lord's vassals judged each other in the lord's courts, so the sovereign's vassals, or More...
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