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AMORTIZATION
contracts, English law. An alienation of lands or tenements in mortraain. 2 Stat. Ed. I. 2. The reduction of the property of lands or... more

AMORTISE
contracts. To alien lands in mortmain. ... more

AMOTION
In corporations and companies, is the act of removing an officer from his office, it differs from disfranchisement, which is applicable to members, as such. Wille. on Corp.... more

AMOTION
tort. An amotion of possession from an estate, is an ouster which happens by a species of disseisin or turning out of the legal propritor before his estate is determined.... more

AMPLIATION
civil law. A deferring of judgment until the cause is further examined. In this case, the judges pronounced the word amplius, or by writing the letters N.L. for non... more

AMPLIATION
French law. Signifies the giving a duplicate of an acquittance or other instrument, in order that it may be produced in different places. The copies which notaries make out... more

AMY
or ami, a French word, signifying, friend. Prochein amy, (q. v.) the next friend. Alien amy, a foreigner, the citizen or subject of some friendly power or prince. ... more

AN, JOUR, ET WASTE
See Year, day, and waste. ... more

ANALOGY
comtruction. The similitude of relations which exist between things compared. 2. To reason analogically, is to draw conclusions based on this similitude of relations, on the resemblance,... more

ANARCHY
The absence of all political government, by extension, it signifies confusion in government. ... more

ANATHEMA
eccl. law. A punishment by which a person is separate from, the body of the church, and forbidden all intercourse with the faithful: it differs from excommunication, which simply forbids the... more

ANATOCISM
civil law. Usury, which consists in taking interest on interest, or receiving compound interest. This is forbidden. Code, lib. 4, t. 32, 1, 30, 1 Postlethwaite"s Dict. ... more

ANCESTOR
descents. One who has preceded another in a direct line of descent, an ascendant. In the common law, the word is understood as well of the immediate parents, as,... more

ANCESTRAL
What relates to or has, been done by one"s ancestors, as homage ancestral, and the like. ... more

ANCHOR
A measure containing ten gallons. Lex, Mereatoria. ... more

ANCHORAGE
merc. law. A toll paid for every anchor cast from a ship into a river, and sometimes a toll bearing this name is paid, although there be no anchor... more

ANCIENT
Something old, which by age alone has acquired some force, as ancient lights, ancient writings. ... more

ANCIENT DEMESNE
Eng. law. Those lands which either were reserved to the crown at the original distribution of landed property, or such as came to it afterwards, by forfeiture or other... more

ANCIENT LIGHTS
estates. Windows which have been opened for twenty years or more, and enjoyed without molestation by the owner of the house. 5 Har. & John. 477, 12 Mass. R.... more

ANCIENT WRITINGS
evidence. Deeds, wills, and other writings more than thirty years old, are considered ancient writings. They may in general be read in evidence, without any other proof of their execution than... more

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