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    In old English law. A usurer. Fleta, lib. 2, c. 52, § 14.
    Pertaining to usury; partaking of the nature of usury; involving usury; tainted with usury; as, a usurious contract
    Lat In the civil law; The interruption of a usucaption, by some act on the part of the real owner. Calvin.
    Torts. The unlawful assumption of the use of property which belongs to another; an Interruption or the disturbing a man in his right and possession. Tomlins. In public law. The unlawful seizure or assumption of sovereign power; the assump-tion of government or supreme power by force or illegally, In derogation More...
    In Insurance. An invasion from abroad, or an internal rebellion, where armies are drawn up against each other, when the laws are silent, and when the firing of towns becomes unavoidable. These words cannot mean the power of a common mob. 2 Marsh. Ins. 791.
    One who assumes the right of government by force, contrary to and in violation of the constitution of the country.
    In old English law. Interest of money; increase for the loan of money; a reward for the use of money. 2 Bl. Comm. 454. In modern law. Unlawful Interest; a premium or compensation paid or stipulated to be paid for the use of money borrowed or returned, beyond the rate More...
  • USUS
    Lat. In Roman law. A precarious enjoyment of land, corresponding with the right of habitatio of houses, and being closely analogous to the tenancy at sufferance or at will of English law. The usuarius (i. e.t tenant by usus) could only hold on so long as the owner found him More...
    Lat. In international law. Warlike uses or objects. It is the usus hellici which determine an article to be con¬traband. 1 Kent, Comm. 141. Usus est dominium fidnoiarinm. Bac.St Uses. Use is a fiduciary dominion. Usus et status sive possessio potins diffemnt secundum rationem fori, qnam secundum rationem rei. Bac. More...
    Lat. In Roman law. Usufruct; usufructuary right or possession. The temporary right of using a thing, without having the ultimate property, or full dominion, of the substance. 2 Bl. Comm. 327.
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