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SPOLIATION,
Eng. eccl. law. The name of a suit sued out in the spiritual court to recover for the fruits of the church, or for the... more

SPOLIATION,
torts. Destruction of a thing by the act of a stranger; as, the erasure or alteration of a writing by the act of a stranger, is... more

SPONSALIA, or STIPULATIO SPONSALITIA.
A promise lawfully made between persons capable of marrying each other, that at some future time they will marry. See Espousals; Ersk. Inst. B. 1, t.... more

SPONSIONS,
international law. Agreements or engagements made by certain public officers, as generals or admirals, in time of war, either without author-ity, or by exceeding the limits... more

SPONSOR,
civil law. He who intervenes for another voluntarily and without being requested. The engagement which he enters into is only accessory to the principal. Vide Dig.... more

SPRING.
A fountain. 2. The owner of the soil has the exclusive right to use a spring arising on his grounds. When... more

SPRINGING USE,
estates. One to arise on a future event, when no preceding estate is limited, and does not take effect in derogation of any preceding interest. Example:... more

SPY.
One who goes into a place for the purpose of ascertaining the best way of doing an injury there. 2. The... more

SQUATTER.
One who settles on the lands of others without any legal author-ity; this term is applied particularly to persons who settle on the public land. 3... more

TO STAB.
To make a wound with a pointed instrument; a stab differs from a cut, (q. v.) or a wound. (q. v.) Russ. & Ry. 356;... more

STAGNUM,
estates. A pool. It is said to consist of land and water, and therefore by the name of stagnum, the water and the land may... more

STAKEHOLDER,
contracts. A third person, chosen by two or more persons, to keep in deposit property, the right or possession of which is contested between them and... more

STALE DEMAND.
A stale demand is a claim which has been for a long time undemanded; as, for example, where there his been a delay of twelve years,... more

STAMP,
revenue. An impression made on paper, by order of the government, which must be used in reducing certain contracts to writing, for The purpose of raising... more

TO STAND.
To abide by a thing; to submit to a decision; to comply with an agreement; to have validity, as the judgment must stand. ... more

STAND SEISED TO USES.
This phrase is frequently used in relation to conveyances under the statute of uses. A covenant to stand seised to uses is a species of conveyance... more

STANDARD,
in war. An ensign or flag used in war. ... more

STANDARD,
measure. A weight or measure of certain dimensions, to which all other weights and measures must correspond; as, a standard bushel. Also the quality of certain... more

STAPLE,
intern. law. The right of staple as exercised by a people upon foreign merchants, is defined to be, that they may not allow them to set... more

STAR CHAMBER,
Eng. law. A court which formerly had great jurisdiction and power, but which was abolished by stat. 16, C. I., c. 10, on account of its... more

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