common-law meaning

common-law meaning
The meaning of a word or expression as known and understood by the common law. If the legislature makes use of a term without defining it, and it has by the common law received a settled meaning, it will he presumed that it is used in the common-law sense. Hillhouse v Chester (Coon) 3 Day 166.

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