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INTENTIO Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

Lat In the civil law. The formal complaint or claim of a plaintiff before the prtetor. In old English law. A count or declaration iu a real action, (narratio.) Bract, lib. 4, tr. 2, c. 2; Fleta, lib. 4, c. 7; Du Cange. Intentio caeca mala. A blind or obscure meaning is bad or ineffectual. 2 Bulst 170. Said of a testator’s intention. Intentio inservire debet legibus, non leges intention!. The intention [of a party) ought to be subservient to [or in accordance witlij the laws, not the laws to the in- tention. Co. Litt. 314a, 3146. Intentio mea imponit nomen operi meo. Hob. 123. My iutent gives a name to my act


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