KNOWLEDGE - . Information as to a fact. 2. Many acts are perfectly innocent when the party performing them is not aware of certain circumstances attending them for example, a man may pass a counterfeit note and be guiltless, if he did not kn...


    KNOWINGLY - , pleadings. The word knowingly," or "well knowing," will supply the place of a positive averment in an indictment or declaration, that the defendant knew the facts subsequently stated; if notice or knowledge be unnecessarily sta...


    KNIGHT'S SERVICE - , Eng. law. It was, formerly, a tenure of lands. Those who held by knight's service were called: milites qui per loricas terras suas defendunt;: soldiers who defend the country by their armor. The incidents of knight's ser...


    KNIGHT'S FEE - , old Eng. law. An uncertain measure of land, but, according to some opinions it is said to contain six hundred and eighty acres. Co. Litt. 69, a.


    KNAVE - . A false, dishonest, or deceitful person. This signification of the word has arisen by a long perversion of its original meaning. 2. To call a man a knave has been held to be actionable. 1 Rolle's Ab. 52; 1 Freem. 277.,


    KISSING - . Kissing the bible is a ceremony used in taking the corporal oath, the object being, as the canonists say, to denote the assent of the witness to the oath in the form it is imposed. The witness kisses either the whole bible, or so...


    KIRBY'S QUEST - . An ancient record remaining with the remembrancer of the English Exchequer, so called from being the inquest of John De Kirby, treasurer to Edward I.


    KINTLIDGE - , merc. law. This term is used by merchants and seafaring men to signify a ship's ballast. Mere. Dict.


    KINGDOM - . A country where an officer called a king exercises the powers of government, whether the same be absolute or limited. Wolff, Inst. Nat. 994. In some kingdoms the executive officer may be a woman, who is called a queen.


    KING'S BENCH - . The name of the supreme court of law in England. It is so called because formerly the king used to sit there in person, the style of the court being still coram ipso rege, before the king himself. During the reign of a queen...

  • KING

    KING - . The chief magistrate of a kingdom, vested usually with the executive power. 2. The following table of the reigns of English and British kings and queens, commencing with the Reports, is added, to assist the student in many points of...


    KINDRED - . Relations by blood. 2. Nature has divided the kindred of every one into three principal classes. 1. His children, and their descendants. 2. His father, mother, and other ascendants. 3. His collateral relations; which include, in...


    KILDERKIN - . A measure of capacity equal to eighteen gallons. See Measure.


    KIDNAPPING - . The forcible and unlawful abduction and conveying away of a man, woman, or child, from his or her home, without his or her will or consent, and sending such person away, with an intent to deprive him or her of some right. This...


    KEYAGE - . A toll paid for loading and unloading merchandise at a key or wharf.

  • KEY,

    KEY, - estates. A wharf at which to land goods from, or to load them in a vessel. This word is now generally spelled Quay, from the French, quai.

  • KEY

    KEY - . An instrument made for shutting and opening a lock. 2. The keys of a house are considered as real estate, and descend to the heir with the inheritance. But see 5 Blackf. 417. 3. When the keys of a warehouse are delivered to a purch...

  • Kentucky

    Kentucky - Hughes' Reports. From 1785 to 1801. 1 vol. Kentucky Decisions. From 1801 to 1806. 1 vol. Hardin's Reports. Fr@m 1805 to 1806. 1 vol. Bibb's Reports. From 1808 to 1817. 4 vols. A. K. Marshall's Reports. From 1817 to 1821 3...


    KENTUCKY - . The name of one of the new states of the United States of America. 2. This state was formerly a part of Virginia, and the latter state, by an act of the legislature, passed December 18, 1789, "consented that the district of Kent...


    KEELS - . This word is applied, in England, to vessels employed in the carriage of coals. Jacob, L. D.