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DEFICIT
This Latin term signifies that something is wanting. It is used to express the deficiency which is discovered in the accounts of an accountant, or in the... more

DEFINITE NUMBER
An ascertained number, the term is usually applied in op- position to an indefinite number. 2. When there is a definite number of corporators,... more

DEFINITION
An enumerition of the principal ideas of which a compound idea is formed, to ascertain and explain its nature and character, or it is that which... more

DEFINITIVE
That which terminates a suit a definitive sentence or judgment is put in opposition to an interlocutory judgment, final. (q. v.) ... more

DEFLORATION
The act by which a woman is deprived of her virginity. 2. When this is done unlawfully, and against her will, it bears... more

DE FORCIANT
One who wrongfully keeps the owner of lands and tenements out of the possession of them. 2 Bl. Com. 350. ... more

DEFORCIARE
To withhold lands or tenements from the right owner. This is a word of art which cannot be supplied by any other word. Co. Litt. 331... more

DEFORCEMENT
tort. In its most extensive sense it signifies the holding of any lands or tenements to which another person has a right, Co . Litt. 277, so... more

DEFORCEMENT
Scotch law. The opposition given, or resistance made, to messengers or other officers, while they are employed in executing the law. 2. This crime is... more

DEFUNCT
A term used for one that is deceased or dead. In some acts of assembly in Pennsylvania, such deceased person is called a decedent. (q. v.) ... more

DEGRADATION
punishment, ecclesiastical law. A censure by which a clergy man is deprived of his holy orders, which he had as a priest or deacon. ... more

TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING
To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public. 2. As a mans character is of great importance to him, and... more

DEGREE
descents. This word is derived from the French degre, which is itself taken from the Latin gradus, and signifies literally, a step in a stairway, or the... more

DEGREE
measures. In angular measures, a degree is equal to sixty minutes, or the thirtieth part of a sine. Vide Measure. ... more

DEGREE
persons. By. degree, is understood the state or condition of a person. The ancient English statute of additions, for example, requires that in process, for the better... more

DEGREES
academical. Marks of distinction conferred on students, in testimony of their proficiency in arts and sciences. They are of pontifical origin. See 1 Schmidts Thesaurus, 144, Vicat,... more

DEHORS
Out of, without. By this word is understood something out of the record, agreement, will, or other thing spoken of, something foreign to the matter in question. ... more

DEI JUDICIUM
The judgment of God. This name was given to the barbarous and superstitious trial by ordeal. ... more

DEL CREDERE
contracts. A del credere commission is one under which the agent, in consideration of an additional premium, engages to insure to his principal not only the solvency... more

DELAWARE
The name of one of the original states of the United States of America. For a time the counties of this state were connected with Pennsylvania, under... more

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