Legal Term Dictionary

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    Agreed; assumed. This is the technical word to be used in alleging the promise which forms the basis of an action of assumpsit.
    The person who insures another in a fire or life policy; the in¬surer. See Childs v. Firemen's Ins. Co., 66 Minn. 393, 69 N. W. 141, 35 L. R. A. 99. A person who joins with others in enter¬ing into a marine policy of insurance as insurer.
    An undivided' right or title, or a title to an undivided portion of ah estate, is that owned by one of two or more tenants in common or joint tenants before partition.
    In old English law. Minors or persons under age not capable of bearing arms. Fleta, 1. 1, c 9; Cowell.
    In regard to tbe making of a will and other such matters, undue influence is persuasion carried to the point of overpowering the will, or such a control over the person in question as pre-vents him from acting intelligently, understanding^, and voluntarily, and in effect de-stroys his free agency, and More...
    A term which may be applied generally to all dishonest or fraudulent rivalry in trade and commerce, but is particularly applied in the courts of equity (where it may be restrained by Injunction) to the practice of endeavoring to substitute one's own goods or products in the markets for those More...
    In Saxon law. An outlaw; a person whose murder required no compo-sition to be made, or voeregeld to be paid, by his slayer.
    The obsolete language of a special award of venire, where, of several defendants, one pleads, and one lets judgment go by default, whereby the Jury, who are to try and assess damages on the issue, are also to assess damages against the defendant suffering judgment by default. Wharton.
    A statute is general and uniform in its operation when it operates equally upon all persons who are brought within the relations and circumstances provided for. McAunich v. Mississippi & M. R. Co., 20 Iowa, 342; People v. Judge, 17 Cal. 654; Kelley v. State, 6 Ohio St. 271: State More...
    In taxation. Uniformity in taxation implies equality in the burden of taxation, which cannot exist without uniformity in the mode of assessment, as well as in the rate of taxation. Further, the uniformity must be coextensive with the territory to which it applies. And it must be extended to all More...
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