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  • USO
    In Spanish law. Usage; that which arises from certain things which men say and do and practice uninterruptedly for a great length of time, without any hindrance whatever. Las Partidas, pt. 1, tit 2, 1. 1.
    Lat Up to; until. This is a word of exclusion, and a release of all demands usque ad a certain day does not cover a bond made on that day. 2 Mod. 28.
    Up to the middle of the stream or road.
    Habitual; ordinary; customary; according to usage or custom; commonly es-tablished, observed, or practised. See Chi-cago & A. R. Co. v. Hause, 71 111. App. 147; Kellogg v. Curtis, 69 Me. 214, 81 Am. Rep. 273 ; Teacher v Merea, 118 Ind. 686, 21 N. E. 316; Trust Co. v. Norrls, More...
    Lat. In the civil law. One who had the mere use of a thing belonging to another for the purpose of supplying his daily wants; a usuary. Dig. 7, 8, 10, pr.; Calvin.
    A term of Roman law used to denote a mode of acquisition of property. It corresponds very nearly to the term "prescription." But the prescription of Roman law differed from that of the English law, in this: that no mala fide possessor (i. e., person in possession knowingly of the More...
    In the civil law. The right of enjoying a thing, the property of which is vested in another, and to draw from the same all the profit, utility, and advan¬tage which it may produce, provided it be without altering the substance of the thing. Civ. Code La. art 533. And More...
    In the civil law. One who has the usufruct or right of enjoying anything in which he has no property, Cartwright v. Cartwright, 18 Tex. 62a
    In French law. The same as the usufruct of the English and Roman law.
    Lat In the civil law. Money given for the use of money; interest Commonly used in the plural, "usurw." Dig. 22, 1. —Usura manifesta. Manifest or open usury; as distinguished from usura velata, veiled or concealed usury, which consists in giving a bond for the loan, in the amount of More...
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