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Alisir THE
Student's Law - Dictionary;

Durgie or l. 4 13 Compleat ENGLISH Law - Expositor:

Containing An Explanation of every particular Word and

Term used in the Law, with an Introduction to the Knowledge of the Law itself, and the

present Practice thereof i Compiled for the Instrtiction and Benefit of Stu

dents, Practitioners in the Law, Justices of the Peace, the Clergy and other Gentlemen.

The Whole collected from the best Dictionaries, and

other Authorities hitherto published.

Whereto is added An Alphabetical Table of the

most usual Latin Contractions that are to be found in our ancient Records, &c.

Originally compiled by an Attorney at Law, and

since carefully revised and corrected by a BARRISTER.

In the SAVOY: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. GOSLING,

(Assigns of Edward Sayer, Efq;) for James Hodges at the Looking-Glass on London-Bridge.


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PAR T - II. Containing
The present Practice of the Court of

Common Pleas at Weftminster.

Exhibited in a View of the Ancient and Mo-

dern RULES and ORDERS of the
faid COURTS.

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By an ATTORNEY at Law.

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THE . :
O those who are unacquainted with

the ancient Writers of the Law, an
Alphabetical Dictionary must needs be
useful to explain the Acceptation and dif-
mology, whether French, Saxon or Latin
of the lower Ages ; but without much
Nicety of Definition, or tedious Quota-
tions from all the Law Reports.

WE know, the Old Terms of the Law compiled by J. Raftall in 1527. was esteemed of some Authority before it came to be


enlarged *Nor have the late Additions mended it in that Refpect; so that confidering the enormous Bulk and Price of our Law Dictionaries, we hope it may

be thought proper to root up all the Weeds, and to preserve what is fittest for the Common Use of Students.

AS the Records in Latin will be yet of use for Consultation, though in Practice they are laid aside, we have made a Table of the chief Contractions that are found in our ancient Writings.

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Vide à MS. Discourse of Sir Nic. Bacon on the Succef

fion of the Crown, temp. Eliz.


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Kate, is said to be deri. Variance between the Writ and

ved from a French Word, Specialty or Record ; to the Un-
which fignifies to break certainty of the Writ, Count or

down or destroy; and, in Declaration, on account our Law, Abate retains the like Signification ; As to abate a Caftle dant before Judgment had; or or Fortlet, which is interpreted to where a Woman, being Plaintiff, beat it down. See Old Natura is married before, or depending Brev. p. 45. Westm. 1. c. 17

the Suit; and for divers other To abate a House, is to ruin or Causes : Upon these and such like cast it down. Kitch. 173

Where Defaults, the Defendant may pray, a Person enters upon a House or that the Suit may abate or cease Land, void by the last Posseffor, for that Time, which being granbefore the Heir takes Possession, ted, the Plaintiff is at Liberty to fuch Stranger is said to abate, as bring a new Writ or Plaint. A he that putteth him out, is said to Party being twice charged for one diffeise. To abate a Writ, is to Debt, is a fufficient Ground of defeat or overthrow it, on account Abatement; as where a Plaintiff of some Error or Exception. Brit has another A&tion depending in ton, c.48.

the Courts at Westminster, for the batement, is a Derivative from fame Thing: But if such Action be the French, and is used for the in an inferior Court, that will not Ad of the Abator : As the answer as a Cause of Abatement, Abatement of the Heir into the unless Judgment be already given Land before he hath agreed with there. 5 Rep. 62. A Suit may the Lord. Old Natura Brev. 91.

likewise be abated, on account Abatement of a Writ or Plaint, is that the Writ of Debt precedes the an Exception in our Law taken Day of Payment. See more on and made good, upon an Action the Head of Abatement, under the brought, either in respect to the Titles of Writ, Mifnomer and VaInsufficiency of the Matter, or the riance, in the Abridgments, and the Uncertainty of what is alledged, Book called The Digests off Writs, or where the plaintiff, Defendant, where this Matter is fully handled. or Place is misnamed: An Excep- albato, is a Person that abatesh, tion may be likewise made to the or enters upon the Poffeffion of a



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