civ. law. This word has two meanings. 1. It signifies the
delivery of the thing, or the accomplishment of the act which is the object
of a convention. Datio vel factum, quibus ab una parte conventio, impleri
caepta est. 6 Toull. n. 13, 166. 2. it is the consideration or motive formakinga
contract. An obligation without a cause, or with a false or unlawful cause,
has no effect; but an engagement is not the less valid, though the cause
be not expressed. The cause is illicit, when it is forbidden by law, when
it is contra bones mores, or public order. Dig. 2, 14, 7, 4; Civ. Code of
Lo. a. 1887-1894 Code Civil, liv. 3, c. 2, s. 4, art. 1131-1133; Toull.
liv. 3, tit. 3, c. 2, s. 4.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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