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DEODAND Definition & Legal Meaning

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(L. Lat. Deo dandum, a thing to be given to God.) In English law. Anypersonal chattel which was the immediate occasion of the death of any reasonablecreature, and which was forfeited to the crown to be applied to pious uses, anddistributed in alms by the high almoner. 1 Hale, P. C. 419; Fleta, lib. 1, c. 25; 1 Bl.Comm. 300; 2 Steph. Comm. 365.


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