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AUXILIUM

In feudal and old English law. Aid; compulsory aid, hence a tax or tribute; a kind of tribute paid by the vassal to his lord, being one of the incidents of the tenure by knight’s service. Spelman.

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AVER CORN

A rent reserved to religious houses, to be paid by their tenants in corn.

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AVIATICUS

In the civil law. A grandson.

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AVUS

In the civil law. A grandfather Inst. 3, 6, 1.

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ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION

The name of the instrument embodying the compact made between the thirteen original states of the Union, before the adoption of the present constitution.

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Amentia

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 a lack of mental capacity due to original defective organization of the brain (idiocy) or arrested cerebral development, as distinguished from the degeneration of intellectual faculties which once were normal.

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AVERAGE

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

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ACTUAL DAMAGES

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, and on the other to “exemplary” or “punitive” damages. Ross v. Leggett, 61 Mich. 445, 28 N. W. 695. 1 Am. St Rep. 608: Lord v. Wood, 120 Iowa, 303, 94 N. W. 842; Western Union Tel. Co. v. Lawson, 66 Kan.. 600, 72 Pac. 2S3; Field v. Monster. 11 Tex. Civ. App. 341, 32 S. W. 417; Oliver v. Columbia, etc., R. Co., 05 S. C. 1, 43 S. E. 307; Gatzow v. Buening, 106 Wis. 1. 81 N. W. 1003, 49 L. R. A. 475, 80 Am. St. Rep. 1 ; Osborn v. Leach, 135 X. C. 02S 47 S. E. 811, 66 L. R. A. 648; Gen. St. Minn. 1S94.

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AFFIRMATIVE 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 be entitled to claim. Ebert v. The Reuben Doud (D. C.t 3 Fed. 520.

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ASTRONOMICAL DAY

The period of twenty- four hours beginning and ending at noon.

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ARTIFICIAL DAY

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

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