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DELEGATION Definition & Legal Meaning

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A sending away; a putting into commission; the assignment of a debtto another: the intrusting another with a general power to act for the good of thosewho depute him. At common law. The transfer of authority by one person to another; the act ofmaking or commissioning a delegate.The whole body of delegates or representatives sent to a convention or assemblyfrom one district, place, or political unit are collectively spoken of as a “delegation.”In the civil law. A species of novation which consists in the change of one debtor foranother, when he who is indebted substitutes a third person who obligates himself inhis stead to the creditor, so that the first debtor is acquitted and his obligation extinguished.and the creditor contents himself with the obligation of the second debtor.Delegation is essentially distinguished from any other species of novation, in this: thatthe former demands the consent of all three parties, but the latter that only of the twoparties to the new debt. 1 Domat.


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