AYUNTAMIENTO - , Spanish law. A congress of persons the municipal council of a city or town. 1 White's Coll. 416; 12 Pet. 442, notes.

  • AWM, or AUME

    AWM, or AUME - . An ancient measure, used in measuring Rhenish wines it contained forty gallons. AYANT CAUSE. French law. This term, which is used in Louisiana, signifies one to whom a right has been assigned, either by will, gift, sale, exc...


    AWARD - . The judgment of an arbitrator or arbitrators on a matter submitted to him or them : arbitrium est judicium. The writing which contains such judgment is also called an award. 2. The qualifications requisite to the validity of an awa...


    AWAIT - , crim. law. Seems to signify what is now understood by lying in wait, or way-laying.

  • AVUS

    AVUS - . Grandfather. This term is used in making genealogical tables.


    AVULSION - . Where, by the immediate and manifest power of a river or stream, the soil is taken suddenly from one man's estate and carried to another. In such case the property belongs to the first owner. An acquiescence on his part, however...


    AVOWTRY - , Eng. law. The crime of adultery.


    AVOWTERER - , Eng. law. An adulterer with whom a married woman continues in adultery. T. L.


    AVOWRY - , pleading. An avowry is where the defendant in an action of replevin, avows the taking of the distress in his own right, or in right of his wife, and sets forth the cause of it, as for arrears of rent, damage done, or the like. Law...


    AVOWEE - , eccl. law. An advocate of a church benefice.


    AVOWANT - , practice, pleading. One who makes an avowry.


    AVOW or ADVOW - , practice. Signifies to justify or maintain an act formerly done. For example, when replevin is brought for a thing distrained, and the distrainer justifies the taking, he is said to avow. Termes de la Ley. This word also si...


    AVOUCIIER - . The call which the tenant makes on another who is bound to him by warranty to come into court, either to defend the right against the demandant, or to yield him other land in value. 2 Tho. Co. Lit. 304.


    AVOIR DU POIS - , comm. law. The name of a peculiar weight. This kind of weight is so named in distinction from the Troy weight. One pound avoir du pois contains 7000 grains Troy; that is, fourteen ounces, eleven pennyweights and sixteen gra...


    AVOIDANCE - , pleading. The introductiou of new or special matter, which, admitting the premises of the opposite party, avoids or repels his conclusions. Gould on PI. c. 1 24, 42.


    AVOIDANCE - , eccl. law. It is when a benefice becomes vacant for want of an incumbent; and, in this sense, it is opposed to plenarty. Avoidances are in fact, as by the death of the incumbent or in law.


    AVERMENT - , pleading. Comes from the Latin verificare, or the French averrer, and signifies a positive statement of facts in opposition to argument or inference. Cowp. 683, 684. 2. Lord Coke says averments are two-fold, namely, general and...


    AVERIIS CAPTIS IN WlTHERNAM - , Eng. law. The name of a writ which lies in favor of a man whose cattle have been unlawfully taken by another, and driven out of the county where they were taken, so that they cannot be replevied. 2. This wr...


    AVERIA - . Cattle. This word, in its most enlarged signification is used to include horses of the plough, oxen and cattle. Cunn. Dict. h. t.


    AVERAGE - . A term used in commerce to signify a contribution made by the owners of the ship, freight and goods, on board, in proportion to their respective interests, towards any particular loss or expense sustained for the general safety o...