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Of or pertaining to the system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

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Common law pleading; plaintiff's answer of fact to the defendant's rebutter.


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The act of yielding to another's power or control; the giving up of a right or claim.

surrender by operation of law

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An act that is an equivalent to an agreement by a tenant to abandon property and the landlord to resume possession.


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Breach of a duty of due care which is the actual and proximate cause of plaintiff's injuries, is called as negligence.

putative marriage

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It is an apparently valid marriage, entered into good faith on the part of at least one of the partners, but that is legally invalid due to technical impediments, such as a ...


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Wrongs against private parties that can give rise to a civil cause of action is called as torts.

special master

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A special master is an attorney appointed on an ad hoc basis to assist the court in hearing motions (NYS).