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RES Definition & Legal Meaning

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Rerum progressus ostendunt multa, quae in initio praecaveri sen praevideri non possnnt. 6 Coke, 40. The progress of events shows many things which, at the beginning, could not be guarded against or foreseen. Rerum suarum quilibet est moderator et arbiter. Every one is the regulator and disposer of his own property. Co. Litt. 22.3a. RES. Lat. In the civil law. A thing; an object. As a term of the law, this word has a very wide and extensive signification, including not only things which are objects of property, but also such as are not capable of individual ownership. See Inst. 2, 1, pr. And in old English law it is said to have a general import, comprehending both corporeal and incorporeal things of whatever kind, nature, or species. 3 Inst. 182. See Bract, fol. 76. By “res,” according to the modern civilians, is meant everything that may form an object of rights, In opposition to “persona,” which is regarded as a subject of rights. “Res,” therefore, in its general meaning, comprises actions of all kind s; while in its restricted sense it comprehends every object of right, except actions. Mackeld. Rom. Law,


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