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That which comes Incidentally, fortuitously, or out of the regular course. “Adventitious value” of lands, see Central R. Co. v. State Board of Assessors, 49 N. J. Daw, 1, 7 Atl. 300.


Prepared to give Judgment, after examination and deliberation. “The court took time to be advised.” 1 Leon. 187.


In the civil law. Advocates of the fiscs or revenue; fiscal advocates, (qui causam fisct egisscnt.) Cod. 2, 9, 1; Id. 2. 7, 13. Answering, in some measure, to the king’s counsel


To act upon ; influence; change ; enlarge or abridge. This word is often used in the sense of acting injuriously upon persons and things. Ryan v. Carter, 93 U. S. 84,


An affidavit stating that the defendant has a good defense to the plaintiff’s action on the merits of the case.


A person who testifies on affirmation, or who affirms instead of taking an oath. See AFFIRMATION. Used in affidavits and depositions which are affirmed, instead of sworn to in place of the


In French law. The right of the inhabitants of a commune or section of a commune to take from the forest the fire-wood which is necessary for their use. Duverger.


This word has two senses. It may mean the whole time from noon to midnight; or it may mean the earlier part of that time, as distinguished from the evening. When used


A total lack of intelligence, reason, or mental capacity. Sometimes so used as to cover imbecility or dotage, or even as applicable to all forms of insanity ; but properly restricted to


And see Peters v. Warren Ins. Co., 19 Fed. Cas. 370.


Are real, substantial and just damages, or the amount awarded to a complainant in compensation for his actual and real loss or injury, as opposed on the one hand to “nominal” damages,


In admiralty law, affirmative damages are damages which a respondent in a libel for injuries to a vessel may recover, which may be in excess of any amount which the libellant would


The time between the rising and setting of the sun; that is. day or daytime as distinguished from night.

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