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OPPROBRIUM
civil law. Ignominy; shame; infamy. (q. v.) ... more

OPTION
Choice; Election; (q. v.) where the subject is considered. ... more

OR
This syllable in the termination of words has an active signification, and usually denotes the doer of an act; as, the grantor, he who makes a... more

ORACULUM
civil law. The name of a kind of decisions given by the Roman emperors. ... more

ORAL
Something spoken in contradistinction to something written; as oral evidence, which is evidence delivered verbally by a witness, ... more

ORATOR
practice. A good man, skillful in speaking well, and who employs a perfect eloquence to defend causes either public or private. Dupin, Profession d Avocat, tom. 1,... more

ORDAIN
To ordain is to make an ordinance, to enact a law. 2. In the constitution of the United States, the preamble. declares... more

ORDEAL
An ancient superstitious mode of tribal. When in a criminal case the accused was arraigned, be might select the mode of trial either by God and... more

ORDER
government. By this expression is understood the several bodies which compose the state. In ancient Rome, for example, there were three distinct orders; namely, that of the... more

ORDER
contracts. An indorsement or short writing put upon the back of a negotiable bill or note, for the purpose of passing the title to it, and making... more

ORDER
French law. The act by which the rank of preferences of claims among creditors who have liens over the price which arises out of the sale of... more

ORDER OF FILIATION
3d. The birth place of the child; 4th. The examination of the putative father and of the mother; but, it is said, the presence of the... more

ORDER NISI
A conditional order which is to be confirmed unless something be done, which has been required, by a time specified. Eden. Inj. 122. ... more

ORDERS
Rules made by a court or other competent jurisdiction. The formula is generally in those words: It is ordered, &c. 2. Orders also... more

ORDINANCE
legislation. A law, a statute, a decree. 2. This word is more usually applied to the laws of a corporation, than to the acts... more

ORDINANCE OF 1787
An act of congress which regulates the territories of the United States. It is printed in 3 Story, L. U. S. 2073. Some parts of this... more

ORDINARY
civil and eccles. law. An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right and not by deputation. 2. In England the ordinary is... more

ORDINATION
civil and eccles. law. The act of conferring the orders of the church upon an individual. Nov. 137. ... more

ORE TENUS
Verbally. orally. Formerly the pleadings of the parties were ore tenus, and the practice is said to have been retained till the reign of Edward the... more

OREGON
itants of the district, or county or counties, for which they may be elected respectively. Previous to the first election, the governor shall cause a census or... more

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