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The state of being first born the eldest. 2.
Formerly primogeniture gave a title in cases of descent to the oldest son in
preference to the... more
The first born. 1 Ves. 290 and see 3 M. & S.
25; 8 Taunt. 468; 3 Vern. 660.
In the courts of admiralty, this name is given
to a provisional decree. Bac. Ab. The Court of Admiralty, E.
In a general sense, a sovereign the ruler of a nation or
state. The son of a king or emperor, or the issue of a... more
This word has several meanings. It is used in
opposition to accessary, to show the degree of crime committed by two persons;
thus, we say, the... more
contracts. One who, being competent to contract, and
who is sui juris, employs another to do any act for his own benefit, or on his
own account.... more
crim. law. A principal is one who is the actor in the
commission of a crime.
2. Principals are of two kinds; namely,... more
One entered into by both parties, on their
own accounts, or in the several qualities they assume. It differs from an
accessory contract. (q. v.) Vide... more
That obligation which arises from the
principal object of the engagement which has been contracted between the
parties. It differs from an accessory obligation. (q. v.)... more
By this term is understood truths or propositions so
clear that they cannot be proved nor contradicted, unless by propositions which
are still clearer. They are... more
The art of impressing letters; the art of making books
or papers by impressing legible characters.
2. The right to print is... more
Going before; opposed to posteriority. (q. v.)
2. He who has the precedency in time has the advantage in right, is... more
The name of an ancient duty taken by the English crown
on wines imported into England. Bac. Ab. Smuggling and Customs, C. 2; Harg. L.
A legal prison is the building designated by law, or
used by the sheriff, for the confinement, or detention of those whose persons
are judicially ordered... more
The act by which a prisoner, by force and
violence, escapes from a place where he is lawfully in custody. This is an
offence at common... more
One held in confinement against his will.
2. Prisoners are of two kinds, those lawfully confined, and those
PRISONER OF WAR
One who has been captured while fighting under
the banner of some state. He is a prisoner, although never coufined in a
Not general, as a private act of the legislature; not
in office; as, a private person, as well as an officer, may arrest a felon;
war. A vessel owned by one or by a society of private
individuals, armed and equipped at his or their expense, for the purpose of
carrying on... more
This term is used to signify that a woman is
pregnant, but not quick with child; (q. v.) and vide Wood
s Inst. 662;
Enceinte; Foetus;... more