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TO DISCREDIT
practice, evidence. To deprive one of credit or confidence. 2. In general, a party may discredit a witness called by the opposite party, who testifies against... more

DISCREPANCY
A difference between one thing and another, between one writing and another, a variance. (q. v.) 2. Discrepancies are material and immaterial. A discrepancy... more

DISCRETION
practice. When it is said that something is left to the discretion of a judge, it signifies that he ought to decide according to the rules of... more

DISCRETION
crim. law. The ability to know and distinguish between good and evil, between what is lawful and what is unlawful. 2. The age at which... more

DISCRETIONARY TRUSTS
Those which cannot be duly administered without the application of a certain degree of prudence and judgment, as when a fund is given to trustees to be... more

DISCUSSION
civil law. A proceeding, on the part of a surety, by which. the property of the principal debtor is made liable before resort can be had to... more

DISFRANCHISEMENT
The act of depriving a member of a corporation of his right as such, by expulsion. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 192. 2. It differs... more

DISGRACE
Ignominy, shame, dishonor. No witness is required to disgrace himself. 13 How. St. Tr. 17, 334, 16 How. St. Tr. 161. Vide Crimination, To Degrade. ... more

DISHERISON
Disinheritance, depriving one of an inheritance. Obsolete. Vide Disinherison. ... more

DISHERITOR
One who disinherits, or puts another out of his freehold. Obsolete. ... more

TO DISHONOR
contr. This term is applied to the nonfulfilment of commercial engagements. To dishonor a bill of exchange, or a promissory note, is to refuse or neglect to... more

DISINHERISON
civil law. The act of depriving a forced heir of the inheritance which the law gives him. 2. In Louisiana, forced heirs may be deprived... more

DISINHERITANCE
The act by which a person deprives his heir of an inheritance, who, without such act, would inherit. 2. By the common law, any... more

DISINTERESTED WITNESS
One who has no interest in the cause or matter in is-sue, and who is lawfully competent to testify. 2. In North Carolina and Tennessee,... more

DISJUNCTIVE TERM
One which is placed between two contraries, by the affirming of one of which, the other is taken away: it is usually expressed by the word... more

DISMES
Another name for tithes. Dime, (q. v.) a piece of federal money, is sometimes improperly written disme. ... more

TO DISMISS A CAUSE
practice. A term used in courts of chancery for removing a cause out of court without any further hearing. ... more

DISOBEDIENCE
The want of submission to the orders of a superior. 2. In the army, disobedience is a misdemeanor. 3. For disobedience to... more

DISORDERLY HOUSE
crim. law. A house, the inmates of which believe so badly as to become a nuisance to the neighborhood. 2. The keeper of such house... more

DISPARAGEMENT
An injury by union or comparison with some person or thing of inferior rank or excellence, as, while the infant was in ward, by the English law,... more

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