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VIVA VOCE.
Living voice; verbally. It is said a witness delivers his evidence viva voce, when he does so in open court; the term is opposed to deposition.... more

VIVARY.
A place where living things are kept; as a park, on land; or in the water, as a pond. ... more

VIVUM VADIUM,
or living pledge, contracts. When a man borrows a sum of money (suppose two hundred dollars) of another, and grants him an estate, as of twenty... more

VISNE.
The neighborhood; a neighboring place; a place near at hand; the venue. (q. v.) 2. Formerly the visne was confined to... more

VIS MAJOR,
a superior force. In law it signifies inevitable accident. 2. This term is used in the civil law in nearly the... more

VISA,
civ. law. The formula put upon an act; a register; a commercial book, in order to approve of it and authenticate it. ... more

VISITATION.
The act of examining into the affairs of a corporation. 2. The power of visitation is applicable only to ecclesiastical and eleemo-synary... more

VISITER.
An inspector of the government, of corporations or bodies politic. 1 Bl. Com. 482. Vide Dane~s Ab. Index, h. t.; 7 Pick. 303; 12 Pick. 244.... more

VIRILIA.
The privy members of a man. Bract. lib. 3, p. 144. ... more

VIRTUTE OFFICII.
By virtue of his office. A sheriff, a constable, and some other officers may, virtute officii, apprehend a man who has been guilty of a crime... more

VIS.
A Latin word which signifies force. In law it means any kind of force, violence, or disturbance, relating to a man~s person or his property. ... more

VIS IMPRESSA.
Immediate force; original force. This phrase is applied to cases of trespass when a question arises whether an injury has been caused by a direct force,... more

VIRGA.
An obsolete word, which signifies a rod or staff, such as sheriffs, bailiffs, and constables carry, as a badge or ensign of their office. ... more

VIRGINIA.
The name of one of the original states of the United States of America. This colony was chartered in 1606, by James the First, and this... more

VIOLENT PROFITS,
Scotch law. The gains made by a tenant holding over, are so called. Ersk. Inst. R. 2, tit. 6, s. 54. ... more

VIOLENTLY,
pleading. This word was formerly supposed to be necessary in an indictment, in order to charge a robbery from the person, but it has been holden... more

VIOLATION.
An act done unlawfully and with force. In the English stat. of 25 E. III., st. 5, c. 2, it is declared to be high... more

VIOLENCE.
The abuse of force. Theorie des Lois Criminelles, 32. That force which is employed against common right, against the laws, and against public liberty. Merl. h.... more

VEXATION.
The injury or damage which, is suffered in consequence of the tricks of another. ... more

VEXATIOUS SUITS,
torts. A vexatictus suit is one which has been instituted maliciously, and without probable cause, whereby a damage has ensued to the defendant. ... more

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