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abolitionism advocacy of or legal movement toward abolition, esp. of slavery in the United States.
action a legal proceeding wherein one party demands its right or claims that wrong has been done by another party; a lawsuit. [1/8 definitions]
actionable providing legitimate grounds for legal action.
admissible capable or deserving of being admitted or conceded; allowable, esp. in a legal sense.
adoption the act or fact of becoming the legal parent of another person's child, or the act or condition of being thus adopted as another's child. [1/2 definitions]
affiant one who gives legal testimony in an affidavit; deponent.
affidavit a written statement that is sworn in the presence of an authorized official to be true, used as legal evidence.
alibi the legal defense of establishing one's location away from the scene of a crime during its commission. [1/4 definitions]
alienist a physician specializing in mental disorders, esp. one who testifies about mental competency in legal proceedings.
alimony financial support given by one separated or divorced spouse to the other, usu. by legal agreement. [1/2 definitions]
amicus curiae a person who voluntarily or by invitation gives legal advice to the court in a particular case.
angary the legal right of a state or nation at war to seize, destroy, or otherwise use the property of a neutral state, provided proper compensation is made.
annul to remove the legal validity of. [1/2 definitions]
arbitrary exercising power with no legal restrictions; despotic. [1/3 definitions]
arrest to seize and detain (someone) by legal process. [2/6 definitions]
assignment a legal transfer of interest, property, or rights. [1/4 definitions]
assize a judicial inquest, the legal order on which it is convened, or the verdict issuing from it. [1/4 definitions]
attorney one whose profession is to give legal advice and to act as a representative in court during legal proceedings; lawyer; attorney-at-law.
attorney general the chief law officer and legal advisor of a state or nation. [1/2 definitions]
atty. abbreviation of "attorney," one whose profession is to give legal advice and to act as a representative in court during legal proceedings; lawyer; attorney-at-law.
authorized endowed with official permission or authority; given legal approval.