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FORGERY
crim. law. Forgery at common law has been held to be "the fraudulent making and alteration of a writing to the prejudice of another mans right." 4... more

FORISFAMILIATION
law of Scotl. By this is understood the act by which a father gives to a child his share of his legitime, and the latter renounces all further... more

FORM
practice. The model of an instrument or legal-proceeding, containing the substance and the principal terms, to be used in accordance with the laws, or, it is the... more

FORMA PAUPERIS
English law. When a person is so poor that he cannot bear the charges of suing at law or in equity, upon making oath that he is... more

FORMALITY
The conditions which must be observed in making contracts, and the words which the law gives to be used in order to render them valid, it also... more

FORMEDON
old English law. The writ of formedon is nearly obsolete, it having been superseded by the writ of ejectment. Upon an alienation of the tenant in tail,... more

FORMER RECOVERY
A recovery in a former action. 2. It is a general rule, that in a real or personal action, a judgment unreversed,... more

FORMULARY
A book of forms or precedents for matters of law, the form. ... more

FORNICATION
crim. law. The unlawful carnal knowledge of an unmarried person with another, whether the latter be married or unmarried. When the party is married, the offence, as... more

FORPRISE
Taken before hand. This word is sometimes, though but seldom, used in leases and conveyances, implying an exception or reservation. Forprise, in another sense, is taken... more

TO FORSWEAR
crim. law, torts. To swear to a falsehood. 2. This word has not the same meaning as perjury. It does not, ex... more

FORTHWITH
When a thing is to be done forthwith, it seems that it must be performed as soon as by reasonable exertion, confined to that object, it may... more

FORTIORI or A FORTIORI
An epithet for any conclusion or inference, which is much stronger than another. "If it be so, in a feoffment passing a new right, a fortiori, much... more

FORTUITOUS EVENT
A term in the civil law to denote that which happens by a cause which cannot be resisted. Louis. Code, art. 2522, No. 7. Or it... more

FORUM
This term signifies jurisdiction, a court of justice, a tribunal. 2. The French divide it into for exterieur, which is the authority... more

FORWARDING MERCHANT
contracts. A person who receives and forwards goods, taking upon himself the expenses of transportation, for which he receives a compensation from the owners, but who has... more

FOSSA
Eng. law. A ditch full of water, where formerly women who had committed a felony were drowned, the grave. Cowel, Int. ... more

FOUNDATION
This word, in the English law, is taken in two senses, fundatio incipiens, and fundatio perficiens. As to its political capacity, an act of incorporation is... more

FOUNDLING
A new-born child, abandoned by, its parents, who are unknown. The settlement of, such a child is in the place where found. ... more

FOURCHER
English law. A French word, which means to fork. Formerly, when an action was brought against two, who, being jointly concerned, mere not bound to answer till both... more

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