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MALA PROHIBITA.
Those things which are prohibited by law, and therefore unlawful. 2. A distinction was formerly made in respect of contracts, between mala prohibita and... more

MALE.
Of the masculine sex; of the sex that begets young; the sex opposed to the female. Vide Gender; Man; Sex; Worthiest of blood. ... more

MALEDICTION,
Eccles. law. A curse which was anciently annexed to donations of lands made to churches and religious houses, against those who should violate their rights.... more

MALEFACTOR.
He who bas been guilty of some crime; in another sense, one who has been convicted of having committed a crime. ... more

MALEFICIUM,
civil law. Waste, damage, torts, injury. Dig. 5, 18, 1. ... more

MALFEASANCE,
contracts, torts. The unjust performance of some act which the party had no right, or which he had contracted not to do. It differs... more

MALICE,
crim. law. A wicked intention to do an injury. 4 Mason, R. 115, 505: 1 Gall. R. 524. It is not confined to the... more

MALICE,
torts. The doing any act injurious to another without a just cause. 2. This term, as applied to torts, does not necessarily mean that which... more

MALICE AFORETHOUGHT,
pleadings. In an indictment for murder, these words, which have a technical force, must be used in charging the offence; for without them, and... more

MALICIOUS.
With bad, and unlawful motives; wicked. ... more

MALICIOUS ABANDONMENT.
The forsaking without a just cause a husband by the wife, or a wife by her husband. Vide Abandonment, Malicious. ... more

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF,
This expression is applied to the wanton or reckless de- struction of property, and the wilful perpetration of injury to the person. Alis. Prin.... more

MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, or MALICIOUS ARREST,
367; 2 Conn. 700; 11 Mass 500; 6 Greenl. 421; 3 Gill. & John. 377. See Case; Regular and irregular process. See, generally, Bull. N.... more

MALUM IN SE.
Evil in itself. 2. An offence malum in se is one which is naturally evil, as murder, theft, and the like; offences at common law... more

MALVEILLES. Ill
-will. In some ancient records this word signifies malicious practices, or crimes and misdemeaners. ... more

MALVERSATION
French law. This word is applied to all punishable faults committed in the exercise of an office, such as corruptions, exactions, extortions and larceny. Merl.... more

MAN.
A human being. This definition includes not only the adult male sex of the human species, but women and children; examples: "of offences against... more

MANAGER.
A person, appointed or elected to manage the affairs of another, but the term is more usually applied to those officers of a corporation... more

MANBOTE.
In a barbarous age, when impunity could be purchased with money, the compensation which was paid for homicide was called manbote. ... more

MANCIPATIO,
civil law. The act of transferring things called res mancipi. (q. v.) This is effected in the presence of not less than five witnesses, who... more

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