Legal Term Dictionary

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    Lat In Roman law. An heir to one-twelfth of an estate or inheritance. Calvin.
    The brother of one's father or mother. State v. Reedy, 44 Kan. 190, 24 Pac. 66; State v. Guiton, 51 La. Ann. 155, 24 South. 784.
    A contract which no man In his senses, not under delusion, would make, on the one hand, and which no fair and honest man would accept, on the other. Hume v. U. S., 132 U. S. 406, 10 Sup. Ct 134, 83 L. Ed. 393.
    That which is contrary to the constitution. The opposite of "constitutional." See State v. McCann, 4 Lea (Tenn.) 10; in re Rahrer (C. C.) 43 Fed. 558, 10 L. R. A. 444; Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U. S. 425, 6 S. Ct 1121, 30 L. Ed. 178.
    As an excuse for the commission of an act otherwise criminal, this term means an impulse towards its commission of such fixity and intensity that it cannot be resisted by the person subject to it, in the enfeebled condition of his will and moral sense re-sulting from derangement or mania. More...
    L. Fr. Still ready. A species of plea or replication by which the party alleges that he is still ready to pay or perform all that is Justly demanded of him. In conjunction with the phrase "tout temps prists" it signifies that he has always been, and still is ready.
    In Saxon law. Unknown; a stranger. A person entertained in the house of another was, on the flrst night of his entertainment, so called. Bract, fol. 124b.
    Latin. In old English law. The name of the writ of dower, which lay for a widow, where no dower at all had been assigned her within the time limited by law. 3 Bl. Comm. 183.
    A term sometimes applied to one who is obliged to make his own defense when on trial, or in a civil cause. A cause is said to be undefended when the defendant makes default, In not putting in an appearance to the plaintiff's action; In not putting in his statement More...
    Words frequently used in conveyances of land which is subject to a mortgage, to show that the grantee takes subject to such mortgage. See Walker v. Physick, 5 Pa. 203; Moore's Appeal, 88 Pa. 453, 32 Am. Rep. 400; Blood v. Crew Llvick Co., 171 Ta. 328, 33 Atl. 344; More...
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