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QUINTERONE

A term used in the West Indies to designate a person one of whose parents was a white person and the other a quadroon. Also spelled “quintroon.” See Daniel v. Guy, 19

QUORUM

When a committee, board of directors, meeting of shareholders, legisla- tive or other body of persons cannot act unless a certain number at least of them are present, that number is called

QUACK

A pretender to medical skill which he does not possess; one who practices as a physician or surgeon without adequate preparation or due qualification. See El- mergreen v. Horn, 115 Wis. 385,

QUO PLVBA

Lat. In old English practice. A writ which lay where an inquisition had been made by an escheator iu any county of such lands or tenements as any man died seised of,

QUALITY

In respect to persons, this term denotes comparative rank; state or condition in relation to others; social or civil position or class. In pleading, it means an attribute or characteristic by which

QUARE NON ADMISIT

In English law. A writ to recover damages against a bishop who does not admit a plaintiff’s clerk. It is, however, rarely or never necessary; for It is said that a bishop,

QUERELA INOFFICIOSI

ology to indicate that one subject resembles another, with which it Is compared, in cer- tain characteristics, but that there are also intrinsic differences between them. It is exclusively a term of

QUESTMAN, or QUESTMONGER

In old English law. A starter of lawsuits, or prosecutions; also a person chosen to inquire into abuses, especially such as relate to weights and measures; also a church-warden.

QUID PRO QUO

What for what; something for something. Used in law for the giving one valuable thing for another. It is nothing more than the mutual consideration which passes between the parties to a

QUIRE OF DOVER

In English law. A record in the exchequer, showiug the tenures for guarding and repairing Dover Castle, and determining the services of the Cinque Ports. 3 How. State Tr. 868.

QUOD COMPUTET

That he account Judgment quod computet is a preliminary or interlocutory judgment given in the action of account-render (also iu the case of cred- itors’ bills against au executor or administrator,) directing

QUOT

In old Scotch law. A twentieth part of the movable estate of a person dying, which was due to the bishop of the diocese within which the person resided. Bell.

QUALIFICATION

Quaecunque intra rationem legis in- veniuntur intra legem ipsam esse judi- cantur. Things which are found within the reason of a law are supposed to be within the law itself. 2 Inst.

QUAMDIU SE BENE GESSERIT

As long as he shall behave himself well; during good behavior; a clause frequent in letters patent or grants of certain offices, to secure them so long as the persons to whom

QUARE NON PERMITTIT

An ancient writ, which lay for one who had a right to present to a church for a turn against the proprietary. Fleta, 1. 5, c. 6.

QUESTORES PARRICIDII

Lat. In Romau law. Certain officers, two in number, who were deputed by the comitia, as a kind of commissiou, to search out and try all cases of parricide and murder. They

QUIDAM

Lat. Somebody. This term is used in the French law to designate a person whose name is not known. Quidquid cnim sive dolo et culpa ven- ditoris accidit in eo venditor securus

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