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STARE DECISIS.
To abide or adhere to decided cases. 2. It is a general maxim that when a point has been settled... more

STARE IN JUDICIO.
The act of appearing before a tribunal, either as plain-tiff or defendant. Vide Ester en jugement. ... more

STATE,
government. This word is used in various senses. In its most enlarged sense, it signifies a self-sufficient body of persons united together in one community for... more

SPECIFICATION,
civil law. A term used in the civil law, by which is meant a person~s making a new species or subject from materials belonging to another.... more

SPECIFICATION,
practice, contracts. A particular and detailed account of a thing: example, in order to obtain a patent for an invention, it is necessary to file a... more

SLANDERER
A calumniator, who maliciously and without reason imputes a crime or fault to another, of which he is innocent. 2. For... more

SLAVE.
A man who is by law deprived of his liberty for life, and becomes the property of another. 2. A slave... more

SLAVE TRADE,
criminal law. The infamous traffic in human flesh, which though not prohibited by the law of nations, is now forbidden by the laws and treaties of... more

SLAVERY.
The state or condition of a slave. 2. Slavery exists in most of the southern states. In Pennsylvania, by the act... more

SMUGGLING.
The fraudulent taking into a country, or out of it, merchandise which is lawfully prohibited. Bac. Ab. h. t. ... more

SO HELP YOU GOD.
The formula at the end of a common oath, as administered to a witness wlio testifies in chief. ... more

SOCAGE,
Eng. law. A tenure of lands by certain inferior services in husbandry, and not knight~s service, in lieu of all other services. Litt. sect. 117. ... more

SOCER.
The father of one~s wife; a father-in-law. ... more

SOCIDA,
civ. law. This is the name of a contract by which one man delivers to another, either for a small recompense, or for a part... more

SOCIETAS LEONINA.
Among the Roman lawyers this term signified that kind of society or partnership by which the entire profits should belong to some of the partners in... more

SOCIETE EN COMMENDITE.
This term is borrowed from the laws of France, and is used in Louisiana; the societe en commendite, or partnership in commendam, is formed by a... more

SOCIETY
A society is a number of persons united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose. ... more

SODOMITE.
One who his been guilty of sodomy. Formerly such offender was punished with great severity, and was deprived of the power of making a will. ... more

SODOMY,
crim. law. The crime against nature, committed either with man or beast. 2. It is a crime not it to be... more

SOIL.
The superficies of the earth on which buildings are erected, or may be erected. 2. The soil... more

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