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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,

KIDNAPPING LAW

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

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.

KEEPING THE PEACE

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

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.

KNOWN HEIRS

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

KEEP

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

KITING CHECKS

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

KILLED BY MISADVENTURE

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

KEEP IN REPAIR

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

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:

KERNING

Spatial adjusting between certain characters along a text line. Natural shape and slope improve character appearance. Letter combinations like WA and VA look awkward and slow smooth eye flow along a text

KEYBOARD

Computer-system external input device for data entry. It could be to a mobile device, a personal computer, or any other electronic machine. This device has keys with alphabetic, numerical, and common symbols

KILLER BEES

While being overcome in a hostile bidding war, a company receives a saving grace.

KNOWLEDGE BASE

Concepts, data, objectives, requirements, rules, and specifications as an organized knowledge repository. Typically this is a computer system, less often, an organization. It can be (1) a retrieval either as an expert

KAIZEN BUDGETING

A budgeting approach that includes product improvement costs. With the objective of reducing actual costs below standard costs, projected costs of improvement are already incorporated in the budget . Also refer to

KEY EMPLOYEE

Essential, main employee stakeholder in corporate operations. May be an officer with voting rights able to influence the company. Any employee owning company assets 5% or more of the total and/or receives

KEYED ADVERTISEMENT

Print ad coded in an advertisement address to identify the source of the query or order. The words ‘Dept. DN’, for example, may indicate ad placements in a newspaper named ‘Daily News.’

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