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In old Scotch law. Investiture or infeudatiou, including both charter and seisin. 1 Forb. Inst. pt. 2, p. 110. In later law. Saisine, or the instrument of possession. Bell.


Deficient in legal form; inartificially drawn up.


l. Applied sometimes also to the barons. INGENUUS. In Roman law. A person who, immediately that he was born, was a free person. He was opposed to libertinus, or libcrtus, who, having


In old English law. Unseemly; not In due order. Fleta, lib. 1, c. 31,


Lat. We make known. A term formerly applied to letters patent, derived from the emphatic word at the conclusion of the Latin forms. It was a species of exemplification of charters of


In old English law. An inquisition or inquest. Inquisilio post mortem, an inquisition after death. An inquest of office held, during the continuance of the military tenures, upon the death of every


In Spanish law. The presentation of a public document to a com- petent judge, in order to obtain bis approbation and sanction of the same, and thereby give it judicial authenticity. Escriche.


An “instantaneous” crime is one which is fully consummated or completed in and by a single act (such as arson or murder) as distinguished from one which Involves a series or repetition


Lat That kind of evidence which consists of writings not under seal; as court-rolls, accounts, and the like. 3 Co. Litt. 4S7.


As occasionally used in statutes prescribing the qualifications of public officers, trustees, etc., this term means soundness of moral principle and character, as shown by one person dealing with others in the


Letters of inter- communing were letters from the Scotch privy council passing (on their act) in the king’s name, charging the lieges not to reset, supply, or intercommune with the persons thereby


In modern civil law. A broker; one who is employed to negotiate a matter between two parties, and who for that reason is considered as the mandatary (agent) of both. Civ. Code


A person sworn at a trial to interpret the evidence of a foreigner or a deaf and dumb person to the court. Amory v. Fellowes. 5 Mass. 220; People v. Lem Deo,


In English law. Every person commits a misdemeanor, punishable with a fine or imprisonment, who wrongfully uses violence to or intimidates any other person, or his wife or children, with a view


he intrinsic value of a thing is its true. Inherent, and es sential value, not depending upon accident, place, or person, but the same everywhere and to every one. Bank of North


Lat. In the civil law. Things carried in and brought in. Articles brought into a hired tenement by the hirer or tenant, and which became or were pledged to the lessor as


An involuntary act is that which is performed with constraint (q. v.) or with repugnance, or without the will to do it. An action is involuntary, then, which is performed under duress.

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