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PUBLIC PASSAGE
This term is synonymous with public highway, with this difference; by the latter, is understood a right to pass over the land of another; by the... more

PUBLIC ENEMY
This word, used in the singular number, designates a nation at war with the United States, and includes every member of such nation. Vatt. 1. 3,... more

PUBLIC DEBT
That which is due or owing by the government. 2. The constitution of the United States provides, art. 6, s. 1,... more

PUBLIC
By the term the public, is meant the whole body politic, or all the citizens of the state; sometimes it signifies the inhabitants of a particular... more

PUBERTY
civil law. The age in boys after fourteen years until full age, and in girls after twelve years until full age. Ayl. Pand. 63; Hall s Pract.... more

PROVOST
A title given to the chief of some corporations or societies. In France, this title was formerly given to some presiding judges. The word is derived... more

PROXENETAE
civil law. Among the Romans these were persons whose functions somewhat resembled the brokers of modern commercial nations. Dig. 50, 14, 3; Domat, 1. 1, t. 17,... more

PROXIMITY
Kindred between two persons. Dig. 38, 16, 8. ... more

PROXY
A person, appointed in the place of another, to represent him. 2. In the ecclesiastical law, a judicial proctor, or one who... more

PROVOCATION
The act of inciting another to do something. 2. Provocation simply, unaccompanied by a crime or misdemeanor, does not justify the person... more

PROVISO
The name of a clause inserted in an act of the legislature, a deed, a written agreement, or other instrument, which generally contains a condition that... more

PROVISIONS
Food for man; victuals. 2. As good provisions contribute so much to the health and comfort of man, the law requires that... more

PROVINCE
Sometimes this signifies the district into which a country has been divided; as, the province of Canterbury, in England the province of Languedoc, in France. Sometimes... more

PROVISION
com. law. The property which a drawer of a bill of exchange places in the hands of a drawee; as, for example, by remittances, or when the... more

PROVISION
French law. An allowance granted by a judge to a party for his support; which is to be paid before there is a definitive judgment. In a... more

PROVISIONAL SEIZURE
A term used in Louisiana, which signifies nearly the same as attachment of property. 2. It is regulated by the Code of... more

PROUT PATET PER RECORDUM
As appears by the record. This phrase is frequently used in pleading; as, for example, in debt on a judgment or other matter of record, unless... more

PROTUTOR
civil law. He who not being the tutor of a pupil or minor, has administered his property or affairs as if he had been, whether he thought... more

PROTHONOTARY
The title given to an officer who officiates as principal clerk of some courts. Vin Ab. h. t. 2. In the ecclesiastical... more

PROTOCOL
civil law, international law. A record or register. Among the Romans, protocollunt was a writing at the head of the first page of the paper used by... more

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