Eng. law. In cases of treason the law makes it a
crime to imagine the death of the king. In order to complete the
offence there must, however, be an overt act the terms compassing
and imagining being synonymous. It. has been justly remarked that
the words to compass and imagine are too vague for a statute whose
penalty affects the life of a subject. Barr. on the Stat. 243, 4.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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