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At Fault

Regarding auto insurance, a driver whose conduct is held legally responsible for causing an accident.

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Anti-Theft Device

A range of technologies intended to deter auto theft, such as a car alarm. Equipping vehicles with anti-theft devices often lead to a discount on insurance premiums.

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Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

The onboard system controlled by a vehicle’s computer that assists the manual braking system, helping a driver safely stop or slow a vehicle without skidding or losing control.

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Agreed Value

Concerning auto insurance, the amount the policyholder and the insurance company decide will be paid in the event of an accident that results in a total loss of the insured vehicle.

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Agreed Cost

Regarding auto insurance, the price agreed to by the claimant’s chosen auto repair shop and the insurance adjuster to complete the work necessary to fix the damage to a vehicle.

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Additional Interest Insured

Concerning auto insurance, a party, such as a lienholder, who does not necessarily use the vehicle, but may nonetheless be named as an Additional Interest Insured and held liable for an accident involving that vehicle.

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Accident Forgiveness

A form of optional auto insurance coverage wherein the insurer waves its right to increase the rate of the policyholder at fault of an accident.

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ABSOLUTE CONVEYANCE

A deed transferring the title of property from one person to another without any conditions.

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ARTICLES OF THE PEACE

the sworn complaint made by a person stating that he has been threatened with bodily harm.

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ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGES

This term fixes a value upon the amount of money that the defendant must pay to the plaintiff for damages he has caused.

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ANTENUPTIAL SETTLEMENT

a contract made between a man and a woman before they get married that determines the disposition of any property rights and interests.

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AMBULATORY JURISDICTION

the jurisdiction that is limited just to one area but can be effected in several different places.

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ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE DOCTRINE

The principle that states that people have something on their premises that is attractive to children but has inherent dangers. The owners are expected to take all reasonable care that no harm comes to the children.

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ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL

the aid and subordinate to a state or a federal attorney general. See attorney general.

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ADVERSARY PROCEEDINGS

Any action in law where there are opposing parties.

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ALLUREMENT

the exceptional attraction to something or something that will entice a person to act. Such as a child swimming an another person’s pool.

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ANTENATAL

This term applies to before birth and is the same as prenatal.

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ABOLITION

The destruction or abolition of something such as the abolition of slavery.

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AGRARIAN LAW

the law that breaks up large holdings of land and distributes the land to a number of people. also known as Agragarian Reform Acts.

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ABSOLUTE RIGHTS

The privileges resulting from owning property; rights from a contract relationship; the right to refuse or to make a contract with someone.

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