Definition of ET CETERA


ET CETERA

A Latin phrase, which has been adopted into English, it
signifies. "and the others, and so of the rest," it is commonly
abbreviated, &c.

2. Formerly the pleader was required to be very particular in making his
defence. (q. v.) B making full defence, he impliedly admitted the
jurisdiction of the court, and the competency of the plaintiff to sue, and
half defence was used when the defendant intended to plead to the
jurisdictions or disability. To prevent the inconveniences which might
arise by pleading full or half defence, it became the practice to plead in
the following form: " And the said C D, by E F, his attorney, comes and
defends the wrong and injury, when, &c., and says," which was either full
or half defence. 2 Saund. 209, c., Steph. Pl. 432, 2 Chit. Pl. 455.

3. In practice, the &c. is used to supply the place of words which have
been omitted. In taking recognizance, for example, it is usual to make an
entry on the docket of the clerk of the court, as follows: A B, tent, &c.,
in the sum of $1000, to answer, &c. 6 S. & R. 427.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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