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  • PUTTING IN FEAR

    PUTTING IN FEAR - . These words are used in the definition of a robbery from the person; the offence must have been committed by putting in fear the person robbed. 3 Inst. 68; 4 Bl. Com. 243. 2. This is the circumstance which distinguishes ro...

  • PUTATIVE MARRIAGE

    PUTATIVE MARRIAGE - . This marriage is described by jurists as "matrimonium putativum, id est, quod bona fide et solemnitur saltem, opinions conjugis unius justa contractum inter personas vetitas jungi." Hertius, h. t. It is a marrriage contrac...

  • PUTATIVE FATHER

    PUTATIVE FATHER - . The reputed father. 2. This term is most usually applied to the father of a bastard child. 3. The putative father is bound to support his children, and is entitled to the guardianship and care of them in preference to...

  • PUTATIVE

    PUTATIVE - . Reputed to be that which is not. The word is frequently used, as putative father, (q. v.) putative marriage, putative wife, and the like. And Toullier, tome 7, n. 29, uses the words putative owner, proprietare putatif. Lord Kames u...

  • PURVIEW

    PURVIEW - . That part of an act of the legislature which begins with the words "Be it enacted," &c., aud ends before the repealing clause. Cooke's R. 330 3 Bibb, 181. According to Cowell, this word also signifies a conditional gift or grant...

  • PURVEYOR

    PURVEYOR - . One employed in procuring provisions. Vide Code, 1, 34.

  • PURSUER

    PURSUER - , canon law. The name by which the complainant or plaintiff is known in the ecclesiastical courts. 3 Eng. Eccl. R. 350.

  • PURSER

    PURSER - . The person appointed by the master of a ship or vessel, whose duty it is to take care of the ship's books, in which everything on board is inserted, as well the names of mariners as the articles of merchandise shipped. Rocc. Ins. not...

  • PURSE

    PURSE - . In Turkey the sum of five hundred dollars is called a purse. Merch. Dict. h. t.

  • PURPRESTURE

    PURPRESTURE - . According to Lord Coke, purpresture, is a close or enclosure, that is, when one encroaches or makes several to himself that which ought to be in common to many; as if an individual were to build between high and low water-mark o...

  • PURPORT

    PURPORT - , pleading. This word means the substance of a writing, as it appears on the face of it, to the eye that reads it; it differs from tenor. (q. v.), 2 Russ. on Cr. 365; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 235; 1 East, R. 179, and the cases in the notes....

  • PURPARTY

    PURPARTY - . That part of an estate, which having been held in common by parceners, is by partition allotted to any of them. To make purparty is to divide and sever the lands which fall to parceners. Old Nat. Br. 11.

  • PURLIEU

    PURLIEU - , Eng. law. A space of land near a forest, known by certain boundaries, which was formerly part of a forest, but which has been separated from it. 2. The history of purlieus is this. Henry III., on taking possession of the throne,...

  • PURGATION

    PURGATION - . The clearing one's self of an offence charged, by denying the guilt on oath or affirmation. 2. There were two sorts of purgation, the vulgar, and the canonical. 3. Vulgar purgation consisted in superstitious trials by hot an...

  • PURE PLEA

    PURE PLEA - , equity pleading. One which relies wholly on some matter dehors the bill as for example, a plea of a release or a settled account. 2. Pleas not pure, are so called in contradistinction to pure pleas; they are sometimes also den...

  • PURE OR SIMPLE OBLIGATION

    PURE OR SIMPLE OBLIGATION - . One which is not suspended by any condition, whether it has been contracted without any condition, or when thus contracted, the condition has been performed. Poth. Obl. n. 176.

  • PURE DEBT

    PURE DEBT - . In Scotland, this name is given to a debt actually due, in contradistinction to one which is to become due at a future day certain, which is called a future debt: and one due provisionally, in a certain event, which is called a co...

  • PURCHASER

    PURCHASER - , contracts. A buyer, a vendee. 2. It is a general rule that all persons, capable of entering into contracts, may become purchasers both of real and personal property. 3. But to this rule there are several exceptions. 1. There i...

  • PURCHASE-MONEY

    PURCHASE-MONEY - . The consideration which is agreed to be paid by the purchaser of a thing in money. It is the duty of the purchaser to pay the purchase-money as agreed upon in making the contract, and, in case of conveyance of an estate befor...

  • PURCHASE

    PURCHASE - . In its most enlarged and technical sense, purchase signifies the lawful acquisition of real estate by any means whatever, except descent. It is thus defined by Littleton, section 12. "Purchase is called the possession of lands or t...