Legal Term Dictionary

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    Discount; reducing the Interest of money In consideration of prompt payment Also a deduction from a stipulated premium on a policy of insurance, in pursuance of an antecedent contract. Also a deduction or drawback from a stipulated payment, charge, or rate, (as, a rate for the transportation of freight by More...
    The name of rebels is given to all subjects who unjustly take up arms against the ruler of the society, [or the lawful and constitutional government] whether their view be to deprive him of the supreme authority or to resist his lawful commands in some particular instance, and to impose More...
    Deliberate, organized resistance, by force and arms, to the laws or operations of the government committed by a subject See Hubbard v. Harnden Exp. Co., 10 R. I. 247 ; State v. McDonald, 4 Port. (Ala.) 455; Crashley v. Press Pub. Co., 74 App. Div. 118, 77 N. Y. Supp. More...
    In English law. A gathering of twelve persons or more, intending, going about, or practicing unlawfully and of their own authority to thange any laws of the realm; or to destroy the Inclosure of any park or ground Inclosed, banks of fish-ponds, pools, conduits, eict to the intent the same More...
    To repel or bar. The action of the heir by the warranty of his ancestor is called "to rebut or repel." 2 Co. Litt 247.
    Lat At this point of affairs; in these circumstances.
    In pleading and evidence. To rebut is to defeat or take away the effect ot something. Thus, when a plaintiff in an action produces evidence which raises a presumption of the defendant's liability, and the defendant adduces evidence which shows that the presumption is ill-founded, he Is said to "rebut More...
    In the law of evidence. A presumption which may be rebutted by evidence. Otherwise called a "disputable" presumption. A species of legal presumption which holds good until disproved. Best, Pres. I 25; 1 Greenl Ev. I 33.
    The introduction of rebutting evidence; the stage of a trial at which such evidence may be introduced; also the rebutting evidence itself. Lux v. Haggin, 69 Cal. 255, 10 Pac. 674.
    In pleading. A defendant's answer of fact to a plaintiff's surrejoinder ; the third pleading in the series on the part of the defendant Steph. PI. 59; 8 BL Comm. 310.
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