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Definitive. Effecting an end to a
controversy. Definitive sentence. (Ecclesiastical)
A final judgment. Defloration. Seduction; deprivation
of virginity. Deforce. To withhold land from the
true owner. See 17 Conn. 201, 42
Am. Dec. 735. Deforceinent. Withholding land from
the true owner. See 17 N. J. L.
Deforceom. Same as Deforciant.
ment. Defraudacion. (Spanish) Fraudulent
evasion of taxes. Defunct. Dead; a decedent. Degaster. To waste. Degree. The grade of a crime
according to its gravity. Deherison. Disinheritance. Dehors. Outside of; disconnected
with. Dei gratia. By the grace of God. Dei judicium. (Saxon) Trial by
ordeal. Deit. He owes. Dejacion. (Spanish) An insolvent's
surrender of property to creditors. Dejeration. An oath. Del bien estre. For what it is worth. Del credere factor. One who for an
additional charge guarantees pay. ment by the vendee. See 83 N. Y.
Delator. An accuser.
of crime. Delectus personae. Choice of per
son. See 7 Pick. (Mass.) 237. Delegare. To delegate. Delegata potestas non protest dele
gari. Delegated authority cannot
be delegated. Delegate. A representative; to ap
point; to depute. Delegated power. Authority given
to another. Delegatio. A substitution of debtors. Delegation. A substitution of debt
ors; an appointment. Delegatus debitor est odiosus in lege.
A substituted debtor is obnoxious to the law. Delegatus non potest delegare. A
representative cannot delegate his authority. See 109 N. C. 1, 13
L. R. A. 721, 13 S. E. 698. Delate. To charge; to accuse. Delator. A spy; an informer. Delete. To expunge; to blot out. Deliberandum est diu quod statuen
dum est semel. That which is to be settled once for all should be
deliberated at length. Deliberate. Premeditated. Deliberation. Premeditation. Delicatus debitor est odiosus in lege.
A delicate debtor is obnoxious to the law. Delict. A wrong; an offense; a mis
demeanor. Delictum. A tort; an injury; a
crime. Delimit. To mark with a boundary
line. Delinquens per iram provocatus puniri debet mitius. A delinquent provoked by anger ought to be punished more mildly.
Del credere commission. The com
mission paid to a del credere broker or factor. See 50 Barb.
(N. Y.) 288. Delate. To accuse. Delatio. An accusation.
Delinquent. One who has committed Dementia. A feebleness of mind an offense.
caused by disease and without deDelirium. A mental state, produced
lusion or uncontrollable impulse. by bodily disease wherein the See 44 N. H. 531, 84 Am. Dec. 97, mind acts without direction of the Demesne. Lordship; lands of the power of volition. See 1 Bland's
lord himself; his own. Ch. (Md.) 370, 17 Am. Dec. 311.
Demesne as of fee. An estate in fee Delirium febrile. A fever accom
simple. panied with delirium. Delirium tremens. Delirium brought
Demesne lands. Lands reserved by
the lord for his own use. about by continued and excessive intoxication. See 31 Tex. Cr. Rep. Demesne lands of the crown. The 318, 37 Am. St. Rep. 811, 18 L. R. share of land reserved to the A. 421, 20 S. W. 744.
crown at the original distribution, Delito. (Spanish) A crime.
or such as came to it by forfeitDeliverance. Delivery; a jury's ver
ures. See 1 Bl. Comm. 286. dict.
Demesnial. Pertaining to a deDelivery. The transfer of posses mesne.
sion from one to another. See 27 Demi. Half.
Demi-mark. 6s. 8d.
Deminutio. Deprivation. the owner on the bailee of goods for their delivery to a third party.
Demi-sangue. Half blood. Delusion. A belief that something Demise. Death; transfer of a life exists which does not exist and
estate or less; a lease. See Ann. which no rational person in the Cas. (Cal.) 1913B, 1094. absence of evidence would believe Demise and re-demise. A 'mutual to exist. See 195 Pa. St. 291, 78 leasing of the same land, the
Am. St. Rep. 815, 45 Atl. 726. owner paying only nominal rent. Dem. Demise.
Demise of the king. The transfer of Demain. To-morrow; demesne.
the kingdom to a dead king's sucDemand. A claim; a legal obliga
cessor. tion; a request to perform an Demisi. I have demised.
alleged obligation. See 66 Ala. 89. Demi-vill. Half a tithing. Demand in reconvention. A coun- Demonstratio. Designation; descrip
terclaim. See 33 Wis. 176, 14 Am. tion. Rep. 755.
Demonstration. A designation. Demanda. A demand.
Demonstrative legacy. One of quanDemandant. A plaintiff.
tity, with a particular fund pointed Demandress. A female plaintiff.
out for its satisfaction. See 95 Demease. Death.
Am. St. Rep. 368, note. Demembration. (Scotch) The crime
Demorage. Same as Demurrage. of severing a limb of one's body. Demorari. To demur. Demens. One deprived of his mind. Dempster, or deemster. (Scotch) Dementenant en avant. From now The official pronouncing sentence. henceforth.
Demur. To file a demurrer.
Demurrage. Charges for detention Denominatio fieri debet a digniori
of a ship or a freight-car. See 30 bus. Denomination ought to be Am. St. Rep. 634, note.
from the more worthy. *Demurrant. One who demurs. Denouncement. Same as Denuncia. Demurrer. An objection to a plead Denumeration. Payment down. ing that one ought not to answer
Denuncia. A judicial proceeding to it for some defect of law in the establish claim to a mine lost by pleading. 7 How. (U. S.) 573, 12 another's failure to comply with L. Ed. 824.
the mining laws. See 26 Cal. 455. Demurrer book. A transcript of the Denunciation. Same as Denuncia.
pleadings leading up to an issue of Denuntiatio. A public notice; a law.
bulletin. Demurrer ore tenus. An oral de. Deodand. Any instrument causing murrer.
death, forfeited to the crown. Demurrer to evidence. A formal Depart. To divide; to separate.
contention that the evidence of the Department of justice. That branch adverse party has not made out his of the United States government
of the United State cause of action or defense. See 3 under the direction of the attorney Ala. 237.
general. Demy sanke, or demy sangue. Same Departure. A party's change in his as Demi-sangue.
pleadings from his original theory Denarii. Cash.
of offense or defense. See 158 Denariis petrii. Peter's pence, an
U. S. 285, 39 L. Ed. 983, 15 Sup. annual general contribution to the
Ct. Rep. 877. pope.
Departure in despite of court. A Denarius. A penny.
tenant's failure to appear in court Denarius Dei. Earnest-money.
on being summoned, though he had
appeared previously. Denaturalize. To deprive of citizen
Depasture. To pasture; to graze; to ship.
strip. Denial. A contradiction; a traverse.
Depeculation. Embezzlement of pubDenier. A penny.
lic moneys. Denier a Dieu. Same as Denarius
Dependency. A territory apart from Dei.
but subject to the laws of a Denization. Formal admission of an mother country,
alien to the status of a subject by Dependent contract. One whose perletters patent.
formance depends upon the perDenize. To effect a denization.
formance of another contract. Denizen. An alien made a subject Dependent covenants. A covenant by letters patent. See 1 Strob. which need not be performed un
Eq. (S. C.) 295, 47 Am. Dec. 532. less another upon which it depends Denman's (Lord) Act. See Lord is performed. See 3 Ala. 330. Denman's Act.
Depending. Pending; undetermined. Denman's (Mr.) Act. See Mr. Den- Depesas. (Spanish) A grazing park man's Act.
within a town. Denominatio est a digniori. Denom. Depone. To depose; to give one's ination is from the more worthy. deposition.
alter, restrain, restore or transfer the interest granted by a prece. dent conveyance. See 2 Bl. Comm.
324. Derogation. Nullification. Derogatory clause. A secret clause
in a will with a condition nullify. ing all future wills not containing
Deponent. One who deposes. See
47 Me. 248. Deponer. (Scotch) A deponent. Depopulatio agrorum. The crime of
laying waste the fields. See 4 Bl.
Comm. 373. Deportation. Removal of an alien
from the country. See 149 U. S. 709, 37 L Ed. 912, 13 Sup. Ct. Rep.
1016. Depose. To give a deposition; to re
move from office. Deposit. A gratuitous bailment. Depositary. One who receives a de
posit. Deposition. Written testimony with
cross-examination sworn to by the
deponent. Deposito. (Spanish) A bailment
terminable at the will of the
bailor. Depositor. The maker of a deposit. Depositum. A gratuitous bailment
terminable at the will of the
bailor. Depredation. Waste. Deprivation. Reduction in rank or
office. Depuis. Since. Deputy. A special agent. Deraign. To trace; to prove; to dis
prove. Derecho. (Spanish) A right; a
lawful claim. Dereine. Same as Deraign. Derelict. Abandoned. Dereliction. Neglect; abandonment. Dereyn. Same as Deraign. Derivativa potestas non potest esse
major primitiva. Delegated au
thority cannot exceed the original. Derivative. Ancillary; subordinate;
collateral. Derivative conveyance. One which
only serves to enlarge, confirm
Derogatur legi, cum pars detrahitur;
abrogatur legi, cum prorsus tollitur. A law is derogated when part of it is taken away, a law is abrogated when it is wholly abol
ished. Desafuero. (Spanish) Violence. Descend. To vest by succession.
See 128 Mass. 40. Descendants. Issue of any degree.
See 136 N. Y. 244, 32 Am. St. Rep.
731, 32 N. E. 768. Descender. To descend. Descensus tolli intrationem. A de
scent removes the right of entry. Descent. A title whereby one, on
his ancestor's death, acquires his estate as heir at law. See 12 Am.
St. Rep. 82, note. Descent cast. The succession of a
disseisor's estate barring the true
owner's right of entry. Descriptio personae. Description of
the person. Desertion. The abandonment of a
duty or obligation; voluntary separation or refusal to cohabit, without cause, of husband or wife. See Ann. Cas. (Md.) 1914B, 628;
also 138 Am. St. Rep. 147, note. Designatio unius est exclusio alter
ius, et expressum facit cessare tacitum. The designation of one is the exclusion of the other, and that which is expressed chokes
that which is silent. Designatio personae. A description
of the person.
Designation. Appointment; nomina- Detinuit. See In the detinuit. tion.
Detractare. To draw; to drag along. Deslinde. (Spanish) Establishment
Detunicari. To discover. of boundaries.
Deus solus haeredem facere potest, Desmaintenant. From now.
non homo. God alone can make Desmemoriados. (Spanish) One an heir, man cannot. without memory.
Deuterogamy. Remarriage after a Desormes. From the present hence spouse's death. forth.
Devadiatus. A defendant without Desoubs. Same as Dessous.
bail. Desperate. Without hope.
Devant. Before. Despitus. A despised person. Devant le roy. Before the king. Desponsation. Betrothal.
Devastation. Waste. Desposorio. (Spanish) Mutual prom Devastaverunt. They have wasted. ises to marry.
Devastavit. He has wasted; an exDespot. An absolute ruler; a tyrant. ecutor's or administrator's mismanDespotism. The rule of a despot.,
agement of the estate. See 20 Or.
70, 10 L. R. A. 670, 25 Pac. 69. Desrenable. Unreasonable.
Devenerunt. A writ directing the Dessous. Under; underneath.
escheator to ascertain whether Dessus. Above.
land held by a tenant in capite Destination. (Scotch) A testament should escheat upon his death. ary succession of beneficiaries.
Devenio vester homo. I become Desuetude. Disuse.
your man. Desus. Same as Dessus.
Devenit. He comes; he comes into. Detachiare. To seize.
Devest. To deprive. Detainer. Withholding land; re- Deviation. A voluntary departure, straint of a person.
without necessity or reasonable Detention. Holding one in custody. cause, from the usual course of a Determinable. Capable of conclu
voyage. See 7 Har. & J. (Md.)
279, 16 Am. Dec. 302. sion by an event. Determinable fee. A fee subject to
Devier. To die. defeasance by the happening of a Devisa. A boundary. contingency. See 155 Mass. 171, Devisavit vel non. Did he devise 15 L. R. A. 231, 29 N. E. 524.
or not. See 157 Pa. 465, 27 Atl. Determinate. Made certain.
669. Determination. Conclusion.
Devise. A disposition of real propDetermine. To cease; to end.
erty by will. Detinet. He detains.
Devisee. One designated to receive
a devise. Detinue. A common-law action for the recovery of goods wrongfully
Devisor. One who makes a devise. detained. See 165 N. Y. 444, 80 Devoir. Duties; customs. Am. St. Rep. 736, 53 L. R. A. 565, Devolution. A forfeiture from one 59 N. E. 265.