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POCKET LAW-LEXICON

EXPLAINING

TECHNICAL WORDS, PHRASES, AND MAXIMS

OF THE

ENGLISH, SCOTCH, AND ROMAN LAW.

TO WHICH IS ADDED

A COMPLETE LIST OF LAW REPORTS, WITH
THEIR ABBREVIATIONS.

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HENRY G. RAWSON, B.A.,

OF THE INNER TEMPLE, ESQ., BARRISTER-AT-LAW.

LONDON:

STEVENS AND SONS, 119, CHANCERY LANE
Law Publishers and Booksellers.

1884.

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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

IT has been my endeavour in this Lexicon to give, so far as is compatible with the limited space at my command, an adequate definition or explanation of all words and phrases used in English law, with the addition of a considerable selection of the most important terms in the laws of Scotland and Rome. An apology may be needed for the frequent use I have made of cross-references; but I was forced by considerations of bulk to adopt this alternative, or to omit much which it seemed desirable to insert. To the literal translations of the Latin maxims I have added illustrations in all cases where the application did not appear to be self-evident.

A full index of the abbreviations used for reference to the various law reports of the United Kingdom, with the periods over which they respectively extend, will be found at the end of the volume.

The corrections and additions made in this edition, which are so considerable as almost to constitute it a new work, have been brought down to the present date, so as to include the Statutes of 1883, and the Rules of the Supreme Court just issued.

I desire to express my obligation to Wharton's Law Lexicon, Bell's Digest of Scotch Law, and Sweet's Dictionary of English Law, to which I would refer the student for fuller information.

23, OLD SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN

December, 1883.

HENRY G. RAWSON.

THE STUDENTS'

POCKET LAW LEXICON.

A.

A, in the Roman system of ballot voting stood for “antiquo," and meant " I vote against the new proposition."

A and B lists. See Contributory.

A fortiori [by so much the stronger (reason)], all the more. A mensâ et thoro. See Divorce.

A posteriori, à priori.
A prendre. See Profit.

See Argument.

A.R., anno regni, the year of the reign.

A verbis legis non est recedendum.- (From the words of the law there must be no departure, i.e., Acts of Parliament must be strictly construed.)

A vinculo matrimonii. See Divorce.

Ab antiquo, from ancient (time).

Ab assuetis non fit injuria.-(From things to which we are accustomed no legal wrong can arise.) See Acquiescence. Ab initio, from the beginning. See Trespasser. Abactor (Rom. law), a cattle stealer.

Abandonment, in the law of marine insurance signifies relinquishment to the underwriters by a person insured of whatever may be saved of the subject of insurance. (2) Surrender by a debtor of his property for the benefit of his creditors. (See Cessio.) (3) Of a railway, cessation from making or working it; for which a company must obtain leave from the Board of Trade. (4) The criminal offence of abandoning or exposing children under two years of age.

Abandun, or Abandum, anything abandoned.

Abatement, (lit.: a making less), is used (1) of Freehold. See Abator; (2) of Nuisances, i.e., removal; (3) of Debts or Legacies, i.c., reduction of the amount where there is not sufficient to pay the whole; (4) of Litigation, i.e., the termination

B

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