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    L. Lat. From palatium, (a palace.) Counties palatine are hence so called. 1 Bl. Comm. 117. See PALATIUM. A piratis aut latronibus capti liberi permanent. Persons taken by pirates or robbers remain free. Dig. 49, 15.19, 2; Gra de J. B. lib. 3, c 3, § 1. A piratis et More...
    A term used in logic to denote an argument founded on experiment or observation, or one which, taking ascertained facts as an effect, proceeds by synthesis and induction to demonstrate their cause.
    L. Fr. To take, Bref a prendre la terre, a writ to take the land. Fet Ass. | 51. A right to take something out of the soil of another is a profit a prendre, or a right coupled with a profit. 1 Crabb, Real Prop. p. 125, f 115. More...
    A term used in logic to denote an argument founded on analogy, or abstract considerations, or one which, positing a general principle or admitted truth as a cause, proceeds to deduce from it the effects which must necessarily follow.
  • A QUO
    A term used, with the correlative ad quem, (to which,) in expressing the computation of time, and also of distance in space. Thus, dies a quo, the day from which, and dies ad quem, the day to which, a period of time is computed. So, terminus a quo, the point More...
  • A QUO; A QUA.
    From which. The judge or court from which a cause has been brought by error or appeal, or has otherwise been removed, is termed the judge or court a quo; a qua. Abbott.
    (Fr. to render, to yield.) That which is to be rendered, yielded, or paid. Profits a rendre comprehend rents and services. Ham. N. P. 192. A rescriptis valet argumentum. An argument drawn from original writs in the register is good. Co. Litt 11a.
    L. Lat. In ecclesiastical law. One whose office it was to give or convey answers; otherwise termed responsalis, and apocrisiarius. One who, being consulted on ecclesiastical matters, gave answers, counsel, or advice; otherwise termed a consiliis. Spelman, "Apocrisiarius."
    L. Lat Behind; in arrear. Et reditus proveniens inde a retro fuerit, and the rent issuing therefrom be in arrear. Fleta, lib. 2, c. 55, f 2.
    Lat. From the red to the black; from the rubric or title of a statute, (which, anciently, was in red letters,) to its body, which was in the ordinary black. Tray. Lat Max.; Bell, "Rubric." A summo remedio ad inferiorem actionem non habetur regreasus, neque auxilium. From (after using) the More...
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