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    In feudal law. To summon to court Feud. Lib. 2, tit 22.
    Lat. A summoning to court. In the earlier practice of the Roman law, (under the legis actiones,) the creditor orally called upon his debtor to go with him before the pnetor for the purpose of determining their controversy, saying, "In jus camus; in jus te voco." This was called "vocatio More...
    (Latin) In old English law. Outcry; hue and cry. Cowell.
  • VOCO
    (Latin) In the civil and old Eng¬lish law. I call; I summon; I vouch. In jus voco te, I summon you to court; I sum¬mon you before the praetor. The formula by which a Roman action was anciently com¬menced. Adams, Rom. Ant. 242.
  • VOID
    Null; ineffectual; nugatory; having no legal force or binding effect; unable, in law, to support the purpose for which it was Intended. "Void" does not always imply entire nullity; but it is, in a legal sense, subject to large quali¬fications in view of all the circumstances calling for its application, More...
    That may be avoided, or declared void; not absolutely void, or void in itself. Most of tbe acts of infants are voida¬ble only, and not absolutely void. 2 Kent Comm. 234. See Voin.
    The act of emptying; ejection from a benefice.
    (Latin) . To speak the truth. This phrase denotes the preliminary examination which the court may make of one presented as a witness or juror, where his competency, interest, etc., is objected to.
    Fr. Carriage; transporta¬tion by carriage.
    (Latin) Willing. He is said to be willing who either expressly consents or tacitly makes no opposition. Calvin. Volenti non fit injnria. He who con¬sents cannot receive an injury. Broom, Max. 268, 269, 271, 395; Shelf. Mar. A Div. 448; Wing. Max. 482 ; 4 Term R. 657. Volnit, sed More...
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