Legal Term Dictionary

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    In criminal law. Plunder; pillage; robbery. In the civil law, rapina is defined as the forcible and violent taking ot another man's movable property with the criminal intent to appropriate it to the robber's own use. A praetorian action lay for this offense, in which quadruple damages were recoverable. Galus, More...
    In French law and in Louisiana. A proceeding similar to hotchpot; the restoration to the succession of such property as the heir may have received by way of advancement from the decedent, in order that an even division may be made among all the co-heirs. Civ. Code La. art. 1305.
    In old English law. A ravisher. Fleta, lib. 2, c. 52, ? 12.
    In old English law. A writ for taking away an heir holding in socage, of which there were two sorts: One when the heir was married; the other when he was not. Reg. Orig. 163.
    Lat. In old English law. Ravished. A technical word in old indictments. 2 East, 30.
    The act of scraping, scratching, or shaving the surface of a written instrument, for the purpose of removing certain letters or words from it It is to be distinguished from "obliteration," as the latter word properly denotes the crossing out of a word or letter by drawing a line through More...
    In old English law. A rase; a measure of onions, containing twenty Hones, and each flonis twenty-five heads. Fleta, lib. 2, c 12, | 12.
    Within the meaning of a tax law, this term means "taxable estate;" the real and personal property which the legislature designates as "taxable." Marshfleld v. Middlesex, 55 Vt 546.
    Lat. In the civil law. To hold a thing ratified; to ratify or confirm it Dig. 46, 8, 12, 1.
  • RATE
    Proportional or relative value, measure, or degree; the proportion or standard by which quantity or value is adjusted. Thus, the rate of interest is the proportion or ratio between the principal and interest So the buildings in a town are rated for insurance purposes; i. e., classified and individually estimated More...
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