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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.
Deforcians. Same as Deforciant.
Deforciant. One who deforces.
Deforciare. To deforce.
Defossion. Burial alive as a punish-

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.
Delatura. A reward for informing

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.

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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.
W. Va. 75. Release from im- Demidietas. Half.

Demi-mark. 6s. 8d.
Delivery order. An order drawn by

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.

to another.

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