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MOTE

MOTE. Sax. A meeting; an assembly. Used in composition, as burymote, folkmote, etc. -Mote-bell. The bell which was used by tlie Saxons to soinmon people to the court. Cowell.

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MULIER

Lat. (1) A woman; (2) a virgin; (3) a wife; (4) a legitimate child. I Inst. 243.

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MUNICEPS

Lat In Roman law. A provincial person; a countryman. This was the designation of one born in the provinces or in a city politically connected with Rome, and who, having become a Roman citizen, was entitled to hold any offices at Rome ex- cept some of the highest. In the provinces the term seems to have been applied to the freemen of any city who were eligible to the municipal offices. Calvin.

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MUSTIZO

A name given to the Issue of an Indian and a negro. Miller v. Dawson, Dud. (S. C.) 174.

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MYNSTER-HAM

Monastic habitation; perhaps the part of a monastery set apart for purposes of hospitality, or as a sanctuary for criminals. Anc. Inst. Eng. BL.LAW DTCT.(2D ED.)

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MADE KNOWN

Where a writ of scire facias has been actually served upon a de- fendant, the proper return is that its contents have been “made known” to him.

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MAGISTRATUS

Lat. In the civil law. A magistrate. Calvin. A judicial officer who had the power of hearing and determining causes, but whose office properly was to inquire into matters of law, as distinguished from fact. Hallifax, Civil Law, b. 3, c. 8.

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MAIGNAGIUM

A brasier’s shop, or, perhaps, a house. Cowell.

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MAINSWORN

Forsworn, by making false oath with hand (main) on book. Used In the north of England. BrownL 4; Hob. 125.

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MAJORES

In Roman law and genealogical tables. The male ascendants beyond the sixth degree. In old English law. Greater persons; persons of higher condition or estate. Majori summae minor inest. In thb greater sum the less is included. 2 Kent, Comm. 618; Story, Ag.

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MALEFACTION

A crime; an offense.

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MALO SENSU

Lat. In an evil sense or meaning; with an evil signification.

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MANCIPARE

Lat. Iu Roman law. To sell, alienate, or make over to another; to sell with certain formalities; to sell a person ; one of the forms observed in the process of emancipation.

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MANDATOR

The person employing another to perform a mandate.

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