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PRIMOGENITURE
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

PRIMOGENITUS
The first born. 1 Ves. 290 and see 3 M. & S. 25; 8 Taunt. 468; 3 Vern. 660. ... more

PRIMUM DECRETUM
In the courts of admiralty, this name is given to a provisional decree. Bac. Ab. The Court of Admiralty, E. ... more

PRINCE
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

PRINCIPAL
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

PRINCIPAL
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

PRINCIPAL
crim. law. A principal is one who is the actor in the commission of a crime. 2. Principals are of two kinds; namely,... more

PRINCIPAL CONTRACT
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

PRINCIPAL OBLIGATION
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

PRINCIPLES
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

PRINTING
The art of impressing letters; the art of making books or papers by impressing legible characters. 2. The right to print is... more

PRIORITY
Going before; opposed to posteriority. (q. v.) 2. He who has the precedency in time has the advantage in right, is... more

PRISAGE
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. Tr.... more

PRISON
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

PRISON BREAKING
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

PRISONER
One held in confinement against his will. 2. Prisoners are of two kinds, those lawfully confined, and those unlawfully imprisoned. ... more

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 prison. ... more

PRIVATE
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; individual,... more

PRIVATEER
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

PRIVEMENT ENCEINTE
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

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