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MINORITY

The state or condition of a minor; infancy. The smaller number of votes of a deliberative assembly; opposed to majority, (which see.)

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MISCEGENATION

Mixture of races; marriage between persons of different races; as between a white person and a negro.

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MISFEAZANCE

See MISFEASANCE.

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MISSIO

Lat. In the civil law. A sending or putting. Missio in bona, a putting the creditor in possession of the debtor’s property. Mackeld. Rom. Law,

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MIXTION

The mixture or confusion of goods or chattels belonging severally to different owners, in such a way that they can no longer be separated or distinguished; as where two measures of wine belonging to different persons are poured together into the same cask.

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MOERDA

The secret killing of another; murder. 4 Bl. Comm. 194.

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MONASTICON

A book giving an account of monasteries, convents, and religious houses.

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MONOPOLIUM

The sole power, right, or privilege of sale ; monopoly; a monopoly. Calvin.

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MOOTING

The exercise of arguing questions of law or equity, raised for the purpose. See MOOT.

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MORTALITY

This word, in its ordinary sense, never means violent death, but death arising from natural causes. Lawrence v. Aberdein, 5 Barn. & Aid. 110.

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MOTU PROPRIO

Lat. Of his own motion. The commencing words of a certain kind of papal rescript

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MULIERTY

In old English law. The state or condition of a mulier, or lawful issue. Co. Litt. 352b. The opposite of bastardy. Blount Multa conceduntur per obliquum quae non conceduntur de directo. Many things arc allowed indirectly which are not allowed directly. 6 Coke, 47.

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MUNICIPIUM

In Roman law. A foreign town to which the freedom of the city of Rome was granted, and whose inhabitants had the privilege of enjoying offices and honors there; a free town. Adams, Rom. Ant. 47, 77.

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MUTATION OF LIBEL

In practice. An amendment allowed to a libel, by which there is an alteration of the substance of the libel, as by propounding a new cause of action, or asking one thing instead of another. Dunl. Adm. I’r. 213.

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