This word, in the law sense, denotes some ability, power,
qualifi- cation, or competency of persons, natural, or artificial, for the
performance of civil acts, depending on their state or condition, as defined
or fixed by law; as, the capacity to devise, to bequeath, to grant or convey
lands; to take; or to take. and hold lands to make a contract, and the like.
2 Com. Dig. 294; Dane"s Abr. h. t.
2. The constitution requires that the president, senators, and representatives
should have attained certain ages; and in the case of the senators and representatives,
that out these they have no capacity to serve in these offices.
3. All laws which regulate the capacity of persons to contract, are considered
personal laws; such are the laws which relate to minority and majority;
to the powers of guardians or parents, or the disabilities of coverture.
The law of the domicil generally governs in cases of this kind. Burge. on
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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