Legal Term Dictionary

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    At common law. The body of laws relating to real property. This use of the term is popular rather thau technical. In the civil law. A law which relates to specific property, whether movable or immovable. Laws purely real directly and indirectly regulate property, and the rights of property, without More...
    In foreign law. That quality of laws which concerns property or things, (qua ad rem spectant.) Story, Confl. Laws, f 16.
    To convert any kind of property into money; but especially to receive the returns from an investment. See Bitti-ner v. Gomprecht, 28 Misc. Rep. 218, 58 N. Y. Supp. 1011.
    A kingdom; a country. 1 Taunt 270 ; 4 Camp. 289.
    A brief term for real property ; also for anything which partakes of the nature of real property. -Quasi realty. Things which are fixed in contemplation of law to realty, but movable in themselves, as heir-looms, (or limbs of the inheritance,) title-deeds, court rolls, etc. Wharton.
    A person who, in certain cases, is appointed to make a revalua tion or second appraisement of imported goods at the custom-house.
    A faculty of the mind by which it distinguishes truth from falsehood, good from evil, and which enables the possessor to deduce inferences from facts, or from propositions. Webster. Also an inducement motive, or ground for action, as in the phrase "reasons for an appeal." See Nelson v. Clongland, 15 More...
    Agreeable to reason; Just; proper. Ordinary or usual. -Reasonable not. Such as may fairly, justly, and reasonably be required of a party.-Reasonable and probable cause. Such grounds as justify any one in suspecting another of a crime, and giving him in custody thereon. It is a defense to an action More...
    This is where an Insurer procures the whole or a part of the sum which he has insured (i. e., contracted to pay in case of loss, death, etc.) to be Insured again to him by another person. Sweet
    A second attachment of him who was formerly attached, and dismissed the court without day, by the not coming of the justices, or some such casualty. Reg. Orig. 35.
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