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BARRATRY
crimes. In old law French barat, baraterie, signifying robbery, deceit, fraud. In modern usage it may be defined as the habitual moving, exciting, and maintaining suits and quarrels,... more

BARRATRY
maritime law, crimes. A fraudulent act of the master or mariners, committed contrary to their duty as such, to the prejudice of the owners of the ship.... more

BARREL
A measure of capacity, equal to tliirty-six gallons. ... more

BARREN MONEY
civil law. This term is used to denote money which bears no interest. ... more

BARRENNESS
The incapacity to produce a child. This, when arising from impotence, is a cause for dissolving a marriage. 1 Fodere, Med. Leg. 254. ... more

BARRISTER
English law. A counsellor admitted to plead at the bar. 2. Ouster barrister, is one who pleads ouster or without the bar. ... more

BARTER
A contract by which the parties exchange goods for goods. To complete the contract the goods must be delivered, for without a delivery, the right of... more

BARTON
old English law. The demesne land of a manor, a farm distinct from the mansion. ... more

BASE
Something low, inferior. This word is frequently used in composition, as base court, base estate, base fee, &c. ... more

BASE COURT
An inferior court, one not of record. Not used. ... more

BASE ESTATE
English law. The estate which base tenants had in their lands. Base tenants were a degree above villeins, the latter being compelled to perform all the commands... more

BASE FEE
English law. A tenure in fee at the will of the lord. This was distinguished from socage free tenure. See Co. Litt. 1, 18. ... more

BASILICA
civil law. This is derived from a Greek word, which signifies imperial constitutions. The emperor Basilius, finding the Corpus Juris Civilis of Justinian too long and obscure,... more

BASTARD
A word derived from bas or bast, signifying abject, low, base, and aerd, nature. Minshew, Co. Lit. 244, a. Enfant de bas, a child of... more

BASTARD EIGNE
Eng. law. Elder bastard. By the old English law, when, a man had a bastard son, and he afterwards married the mother, and by her had a legitimate... more

BASTARDY
crim. law. The offence of begetting a bastard child. ... more

BASTARDY
persons. The state or condition of a bastard. The law presumes every child legitimate, when born of a woman in a state of wedlock, and casts the onus... more

BASTON
An old French word, which signifies a staff, or club, In some old English statutes the servants or officers of the wardens of the Fleet are so... more

BATTEL
in French Bataille, Old English law. An ancient and barbarous mode of trial, by Bingle combat, called wager of battel, where, in appeals of felony, the appellee... more

BATTERY
It is proposed to consider, 1. What is a battery, 2. When a battery, may be justified. 2. 1. A battery is... more

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