Eng. law. A district of country originally comprehending one
hundred families. In many cases, when an offence is committed within the
-hundred, the inhabitants tire civilly responsible to the party injured.
2. This rule was probably borrowed from the nations of German origin,
where it was known. Montesq. Esp. des Lois, ]iv. 30, c. 17. It was
established by Clotaire, among the Franks. 11 Toull. n. 237.
3. To make the innocent pay for the guilty, seems to be contrary to the
first principles of justice, and can be justified only by necessity. In
some of the United States laws have been passed making cities or counties
responsible for, the destruction of property by a mob. This can be
justified only on the ground that it is the interest of every one that
property should be protected, and that it is for the general good such laws
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition