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Three Features of a Kangaroo Court



Court proceedings that lack the due process protections people associate with courts of law have earned the name “kangaroo court.” The term has been in use since at least the 19th century, but it is difficult to pinpoint an exact source for it or to determine why its name includes a reference to an animal […]

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KILLED BY MISADVENTURE

a phrase that means to be accidentally killed but not during the committing of an act this is unlawful.

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KEEP IN REPAIR

a clause found in leases that binds the lessee to keep the premises in a good condition.

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KIDNAPPING LAW

federal offense when a person is taken forcibly from one state to another or to a different country.

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KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY

a term used to apply to a crime that is carried out intentionally and with a full awareness.

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KANGAROO COURT

the name that is given to an unauthorised court that is set up without legal power and authority that takes the law into its own hands.

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KEEPING THE PEACE

the term that means to maintain public order and to prevent violence and other unlawful behaviour.

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KNOWN

term used to describe a thing that is recognised, like a well known person, a fact that is understood or a thing that is familiar.

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KNOWN HEIRS

the name given to the people who are recognised with the right to inherit.

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KEEP

a term meaning to hold, to maintain, to support, to retain in possession and to take care of.

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KITING CHECKS

term that describes writing a cheque from another bank to cover a cheque that is overdrawn.

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KERMIT

Software named after the Muppet frog character in the children’s educational program, Sesame Street. Controls data exchanges between PCs and mainframe computers. It is an asynchronous file-transfer protocol, largely replaced by internet protocols (IP), but was once popular during the electronic bulletin board era. Automatic error detection and correction during transmission over ‘noisy’ telephone lines was its strength. Lack of speed was its weakness. Developed at Columbia University as an open source, non-proprietary and public domain, free software.

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KEY TASK ANALYSIS

Typically employed in managerial or supervisory level employee training. Determining the level of performance required, time taken, quality of outcome, and total job or project quality by the study of a set of operation(s). Also called key results analysis,

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KIDS IN PARENTS’ POCKETS ERODING RETIREMENT SAVINGS (KIPPERS)

Parents usually dip into retirement monies to offset extra bills when an adult child returns home unable to live because the expense is too great.

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KNOOP HARDNESS (KH)

Expressed in kilograms of force as a ratio of applied force. Penetration depth is measured in millimeters. Material hardness test of impact depth, not area. A pointed rhombohedral diamond is a highly polished, elongated pyramidical used to cause the impact.

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KERNEL

Computer operating system nucleus. Manages core operations and hardware resources allocation. Also refer to shell.

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KEY TELEPHONE SYSTEM (KTS)

Alternative to a private branch exchange (PBX) phone system, smaller, cheaper, but less flexible. Allows a caller to directly select outgoing lines, incoming calls, or use intercom and conference facilities via several buttons. A user does not have to dial ‘9’ to access an outgoing line as with PBX, but does not have automatic routing of incoming calls. A KTS is user-installable, handling multiple lines with no surcharge to the telephone company. However, a hunt-group service is not available.

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KILL

Cancelling an investment transaction prior to the system receiving its posting.

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KNOWLEDGE ASSET

A copyright, patent, other documentation that generates income as intellectual capital.

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KAIZEN

Small but continual improvements involving everyone from the chief executive to the lowest level workers achieves higher standards in quality enhancement and waste reduction. Mosaki Imai popularized it in his book ‘Kaizen: The Key To Japan’s competitive Success.’ Japanese term for a gradual approach.

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