Definition of A


A

the first letter of the English and most other alphabets, is
frequently
used as an abbreviation, (q. v.) and also in the marks of
schedules or
papers, as schedule A, B, C, &c. Among the Romans this letter
was used in
criminal trials. The judges were furnished with small tables
covered with
wax, and each one inscribed on it the initial letter of his
vote, A, when he
voted to absolve the party on trial, C, when he was for
condemnation, and N
L, (non liquet) when the matter did not appear clearly,
and be desired a new
argument.



Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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