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  • OYEZ

    OYEZ - , practice. Hear; do you hear. In order to attract attention immediately before he makes proclamation, the cryer of the court cries Oyez, Oyez, which is generally corruptly pronounced O yes.

  • OYER AND TERMINER

    OYER AND TERMINER - . The name of a court authorized to hear and determine all treasons, felonies and misdemeanors; and, generally, invested with other power in relation to the punishment of offenders.

  • OYER

    OYER - , pleading. Oyer is a French word signifying to hear; in pleading it is a prayer or petition to the court, that the party may hear read to him the deed, &c., stated in the pleadings of the opposite party, aud which deed is by inte...

  • OXGANG OF LAND

    OXGANG OF LAND - , old Eng. law. An uncertain quantity of land, but, according to some opinions, it contains fifteen acres. Co. Litt. 69 a.

  • OWNERSHIP

    OWNERSHIP - , title to property. The right by which a thing belongs to some one in particular, to the exclusion of all other persons. Louis. Code, art. 480.

  • OWNER

    OWNER - , property. The owner is he who has dominion of a thing real or person-al, corporeal or incorporeal, which he has a right to enjoy and to do with as he pleases, even to spoil or destroy it, as far as the law permits, unless he be pre...

  • OWLING

    OWLING - , Eng. law. The offence of transporting wool or sheep out of the king-dom. 2. The name is said to owe its origin to the fact that this offence was carried on in the night, when the owl was abroad.

  • OWLER

    OWLER - , Eng. law. One guilty of the offence of owling.

  • OWELTY

    OWELTY - . The difference which is paid or secured by one coparcener to another, for the purpose of equalizing a partition. Hugh. Ab. Partition and Partner, § 2, n. 8; Litt. s. 251; Co. Litt. 169 a; 1 Watts, R. 265; 1 Whart. 292; 3 Penn...

  • OVERT

    OVERT - . Open. An overt act in treason is proof of the intention of the traitor, because it opens his designs; without an overt act treason cannot be committed. 2 Chit: Cr. Law, 40. An overt act then, is one which manifests the intention of...

  • OVERSMAN

    OVERSMAN - , Scotch law. A person commonly named in a submission, to whom power is given to determine in case the arbiters cannot agree in the sentence; sometimes the nomination of the oversman is left to the arbiters. In either case the ove...

  • OVERSEERS OF THE POOR

    OVERSEERS OF THE POOR - . Persons appointed or elected to take care of the poor with moneys furnished to them by the public authority. 2. The duties of these officers are regulated by local statutes. In general the overseers are bound to pe...

  • OVERPLUS

    OVERPLUS - . What is left beyond a certain amount; the residue, the remainder of a thing. The same as Surplus. (q. v.) 2. The overplus may be certain or uncertain. It is certain, for example, when an estate is worth three thousand dollars,...

  • OVERDUE

    OVERDUE - . A bill, note, bond or other contract, for the payment of money at a particular day, when not paid upon the day, is overdue. 2. The indorsement of a note or bill overdue, is equivalent to drawing a new bill payable at sight. 2 Co...

  • OUTRIDERS

    OUTRIDERS - , Engl. law. Bailiffs errant, employed by the sheriffs and their deputies, to ride to the furthest places of their counties or hundreds to summon such as they thought good, to attend their county or hundred court.

  • OUTRAGE

    OUTRAGE - . A grave injury; a serious wrong. This is a generic word which is applied to everything, which is injurious, in great degree, to the honor or rights of another.

  • OUTLAWRY

    OUTLAWRY - , Engl. law. The act of being put out of the protection of the law by process regularly sued out against a person who is in contempt in refusing to become amenable to the court having jurisdiction. The proceedings themselves are a...

  • OUTLAW

    OUTLAW - , Engl. law. One who is put out of the protection or aid of the law. 22 Vin. Ab. 316; 1 Phil. Ev. Index, h. t.; Bac. Ab. Outlawry; 2 Sell. Pr. 277; Doct. Pl. 331; 3 Bl. Com. 283, 4.

  • OUTHOUSES

    OUTHOUSES - . Buildings adjoining to or belonging to dwelling-houses. 2. It is not easy to say what comes within and what is excluded from the meaning of out-house. It has been decided that a school-room, separated from the dwelling-hous...

  • OUTFIT

    OUTFIT - . An allowance made by the government of the United States to a minis-ter plenipotentiary, or charge des affaires, on going from the United States to any foreign country. 2. The outfit can in no case exceedlone year's full salary o...