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This Latin word (commonly translated “meaning”) was the technical beginning of that clause iu a declaration or indictment for slander or libel in which the meaning of the alleged libelous words was explained, or the application of the language charged to the plaintiff was pointed out. Hence it gave its name to the whole clause; and this usage is still retained, although an equivalent English word is now substituted. Thus, it may be charged that the defendant said “he (meaning the said plaintiff) is a perjurer.” The word is also used, (though more rarely,) in other species of pleadings, to introduce an explanation of a preceding word, charge, or averment. It is said to mean no more than the words


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