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ABUTTER A*butter, n. Defn: One who, or that which, abuts. Specifically, the owner of a contiguous estate; as, the abutters on a street or a river.


ABUZZ A*buzz, a. Etym: [Pref. a- + buzz.] Defn: In a buzz; buzzing. [Colloq.] Dickens.


ABY; ABYE A*by, A*bye, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Abought.] Etym: [AS. abycgan to pay for; pref. a- (cf. Goth. us-, Ger. er-, orig. meaning out) + bycgan to buy. See Buy, and cf. Abide.] 1. To pay for; to suffer for; to atone for; to make amends for; to give satisfaction. [Obs.] Lest to thy peril thou aby it dear. Shak. 2. To endure; to abide. [Obs.] But nought that wanteth rest can long aby. Spenser.


ABYSM A*bysm, n. Etym: [OF. abisme; F. abime, LL. abyssimus, a superl. of L. abyssus; Gr. Abyss.] Defn: An abyss; a gulf. The abysm of hell. Shak.


ABYSMAL A*bysmal, a. Defn: Pertaining to, or resembling, an abyss; bottomless; unending; profound. Geology gives one the same abysmal extent of time that astronomy does of space. Carlyle.


ABYSMALLY A*bysmal*ly, adv. Defn: To a fathomless depth; profoundly. Abysmally ignorant. G. Eliot.


ABYSS A*byss, n. Etym: [L. abyssus a bottomless gulf, fr. Gr. 1. A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit. Ye powers and spirits of this nethermost abyss. Milton. The throne is darkness, in the abyss of light. Dryden. 2. Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth. The abysses of metaphysical theology. Macaulay. In unfathomable abysses of disgrace. Burke. 3. (Her.) Defn: The center of an escutcheon. Note: This word, in its leading uses, is associated with the cosmological notions of the Hebrews, having reference to a supposed illimitable mass of waters from which our earth sprung, and beneath whose profound depths the wicked were punished. Encyc. Brit.


ABYSSAL A*byssal, a. Etym: [Cf. Abysmal.] Defn: Belonging to, or resembling, an abyss; unfathomable. Abyssal zone (Phys. Geog.), one of the belts or zones into which Sir E. Forbes divides the bottom of the sea in describing its plants, animals, etc. It is the one furthest from the shore, embracing all beyond one hundred fathoms deep. Hence, abyssal animals, plants, etc.


ABYSSINIAN Ab`ys*sini*an, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to Abyssinia. Abyssinian gold, an alloy of 90.74 parts of copper and 8.33 parts of zink. Ure.


ABYSSINIAN Ab`ys*sini*an, n. 1. A native of Abyssinia. 2. A member of the Abyssinian Church.


ACACIA A*caci*a, n. (Antiq.) Defn: A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.


ACACIA A*cacia, n.; pl. E. Acacias, L. Acaci?. Etym: [L. from Gr. ak to be sharp. See Acute.] 1. A genus of leguminous trees and shrubs. Nearly 300 species are Australian or Polynesian, and have terete or vertically compressed leaf stalks, instead of the bipinnate leaves of the much fewer species of America, Africa, etc. Very few are found in temperate climates. 2. (Med.) Defn: The inspissated juice of several species of acacia; -- called also gum acacia, and gum arabic.


ACACIN; ACACINE Aca*cin, Aca*cine, n. Defn: Gum arabic.


ACADEME Ac`a*deme, n. Etym: [L. academia. See Academy.] Defn: An academy. [Poetic] Shak.


ACADEMIAL Ac`a*demi*al, a. Defn: Academic. [R.]


ACADEMIAN Ac`a*demi*an, n. Defn: A member of an academy, university, or college.


ACADEMIC Ac`a*demic, n. 1. One holding the philosophy of Socrates and Plato; a Platonist. Hume. 2. A member of an academy, college, or university; an academician.


ACADEMIC; ACADEMICAL Ac`a*demic, Ac`a*demic*al, a. Etym: [L. academicus: cf. F. acad?migue. See Academy.] 1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the Academic sect or philosophy. 2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction from scientific. Academic courses. Warburton. Academical study. Berkeley.


ACADEMICALLY Ac`a*dem`ic*al*ly, adv. Defn: In an academical manner.


ACADEMICALS Ac`a*demic*als, n. pl. Defn: The articles of dress prescribed and worn at some colleges and universities.


ACADEMICIAN Ac`a*de*mician (#; 277), n. Etym: [F. acad?micien. See Academy.] 1. A member of an academy, or society for promoting science, art, or literature, as of the French Academy, or the Royal Academy of arts. 2. A collegian. [R.] Chesterfield.


ACADEMICISM Ac`a*demi*cism, n. 1. A tenet of the Academic philosophy. 2. A mannerism or mode peculiar to an academy.


ACADEMISM A*cade*mism, n. Defn: The doctrines of the Academic philosophy. [Obs.] Baxter.


ACADEMIST A*cade*mist, n. Etym: [F. academiste.] 1. An Academic philosopher. 2. An academician. [Obs.] Ray.


ACADEMY A*cade*my, n.; pl. Academies. Etym: [F. acad?mie, L. academia. Cf. Academe.] 1. A garden or grove near Athens (so named from the hero Academus), where Plato and his followers held their philosophical conferences; hence, the school of philosophy of which Plato was head. 2. An institution for the study of higher learning; a college or a university. Popularly, a school, or seminary of learning, holding a rank between a college and a common school. 3. A place of training; a school. Academies of fanaticism. Hume. 4. A society of learned men united for the advancement of the arts and sciences, and literature, or some particular art or science; as, the French Academy; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; academies of literature and philology. 5. A school or place of training in which some special art is taught; as, the military academy at West Point; a riding academy; the Academy of Music. Academy figure (Paint.), a drawing usually half life-size, in crayon or pencil, after a nude model.


ACADIAN A*cadi*an, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to Acadie, or Nova Scotia. Acadian farmers. Longfellow. -- n. Defn: A native of Acadie. Acadian epoch (Geol.), an epoch at the beginning of the American paleozoic time, and including the oldest American rocks known to be fossiliferous. See Geology. -- Acadian owl (Zo?l.), a small North American owl (Nyctule Acadica); the saw-whet.


ACAJOU Aca*jou, n. Etym: [F. See Cashew.] (Bot.) (a) The cashew tree; also, its fruit. See Cashew. (b) The mahogany tree; also, its timber.


ACALEPH; ACALEPHAN Aca*leph, Ac`a*lephan n.; pl. Acalephs, Acalephans. Etym: [See Acaleph?.] (Zo?l.) Defn: One of the Acaleph?.


ACALEPHAE Ac`a*leph?, n. pl. Etym: [NL., from Gr. Defn: A group of Coelenterata, including the Medus? or jellyfishes, and hydroids; -- so called from the stinging power they possess. Sometimes called sea nettles.


ACALEPHOID Ac`alephoid, a. Etym: [Acaleph + -oid.] (Zo?l.) Defn: Belonging to or resembling the Acaleph? or jellyfishes.


ACALYCINE; ACALYSINOUS A*caly*cine, Ac`a*lys`i*nous, a. Etym: [Gr. (Bot.) Defn: Without a calyx, or outer floral envelope.


ACANTH A*canth, n. Defn: Same as Acanthus.


ACANTHA A*cantha, n. Etym: [Gr. Acute.] 1. (Bot.) Defn: A prickle. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: A spine or prickly fin. 3. (Anat.) Defn: The vertebral column; the spinous process of a vertebra. Dunglison.


ACANTHACEOUS Acan*thaceous, a. 1. Armed with prickles, as a plant. 2. (Bot.) Defn: Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the family of plants of which the acanthus is the type.


ACANTHINE A*canthine, a. Etym: [L. acanthinus, Gr. Acanthus.] Defn: Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the plant acanthus.


ACANTHOCARPOUS A*can`tho*carpous, a. Etym: [Gr. (Bot.) Defn: Having the fruit covered with spines.


ACANTHOCEPHALA A*can`tho*cepha*la, n. pl. Etym: [NL., from Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: A group of intestinal worms, having the proboscis armed with recurved spines.


ACANTHOCEPHALOUS A*can`tho*cepha*lous, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Having a spiny head, as one of the Acanthocephala.


ACANTHOPHOROUS Ac`an*thopho*rous, a. Etym: [Gr. Defn: Spine-bearing. Gray.


ACANTHOPODIOUS A*can`tho*podi*ous, a. Etym: [Gr. (Bot.) Defn: Having spinous petioles.


ACANTHOPTERI Ac`an*thopter*i, n. pl. Etym: [NL., from Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: A group of teleostean fishes having spiny fins. See Acanthopterygii.


ACANTHOPTEROUS Ac`an*thopter*ous, a. Etym: [Gr. 1. (Zo?l.) Defn: Spiny-winged. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: Acanthopterygious.


ACANTHOPTERYGIAN Ac`an*thop`ter*ygi*an, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Belonging to the order of fishes having spinose fins, as the perch. -- n. Defn: A spiny-finned fish.


ACANTHOPTERYGII Ac`an*thop`ter*ygi*i, n. pl. Etym: [NL., from Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: An order of fishes having some of the rays of the dorsal, ventral, and anal fins unarticulated and spinelike, as the perch.


ACANTHOPTERYGIOUS Ac`an*thop`ter*ygi*ous, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Having fins in which the rays are hard and spinelike; spiny- finned.


ACANTHUS A*canthus, n.; pl. E. Acanthuses, L. Acanthi. Etym: [L., from Gr. Acantha.] 1. (Bot.) Defn: A genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear's-breech. 2. (Arch.) Defn: An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus (Acanthus spinosus); -- used in the capitals of the Corinthian and Composite orders. A CAPPELLA A cap*pella. Etym: [It. See Chapel.] (Mus.) (a) In church or chapel style; -- said of compositions sung in the old church style, without instrumental accompaniment; as, a mass a capella, i. e., a mass purely vocal. (b) A time indication, equivalent to alla breve.


ACAPSULAR A*capsu*lar, a. Etym: [Pref. a- not + capsular.] (Bot.) Defn: Having no capsule.


ACARDIAC A*cardi*ac, a. Etym: [Gr. Defn: Without a heart; as, an acardiac fetus.


ACARIDAN A*cari*dan, n. Etym: [See Acarus.] (Zo?l.) Defn: One of a group of arachnids, including the mites and ticks.


ACARINA Ac`a*rina, n. pl. Etym: [NL., from Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: The group of Arachnida which includes the mites and ticks. Many species are parasitic, and cause diseases like the itch and mange.


ACARINE Aca*rine, a. (Med.) Defn: Of or caused by acari or mites; as, acarine diseases.


ACAROID Aca*roid, a. Etym: [NL., acarus a mite + -oid.] (Zo?l.) Defn: Shaped like or resembling a mite.


ACARPELLOUS Ac`ar*pellous, a. Etym: [Pref. a- not + carpel.] (Bot.) Defn: Having no carpels.


ACARPOUS A*carpous, a. Etym: [Gr. (Bot.) Defn: Not producing fruit; unfruitful.


ACARUS Aca*rus, n.; pl. Acari. Etym: [NL., from Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: A genus including many species of small mites.


ACATALECTIC A*cat`a*lectic, a. Etym: [L. acatalecticus, Gr. (Pros.) Defn: Not defective; complete; as, an acatalectic verse. -- n. Defn: A verse which has the complete number of feet and syllables.


ACATALEPSY A*cata*lep`sy, n. Etym: [Gr. Defn: Incomprehensibility of things; the doctrine held by the ancient Skeptic philosophers, that human knowledge never amounts to certainty, but only to probability.


ACATALEPTIC A*cat`a*leptic, a. Etym: [Gr. Defn: Incapable of being comprehended; incomprehensible.


ACATER A*cater, n. Defn: See Caterer. [Obs.]


ACATES A*cates, n. pl. Defn: See Cates. [Obs.]


ACAUDATE A*caudate, a. Etym: [Pref. a- not + caudate.] Defn: Tailless.


ACAULESCENT Ac`au*lescent, a. Etym: [Pref. a- not + caulescent.] (Bot.) Defn: Having no stem or caulis, or only a very short one concealed in the ground. Gray.


ACAULINE A*cauline, a. Etym: [Pref. a- not + cauline.] (Bot.) Defn: Same as Acaulescent.


ACAULOSE; ACAULOUS A*caulose, A*caulous, a. Etym: [Gr. caulis stalk. See Cole.] (Bot.) Defn: Same as Acaulescent.


ACCADIAN Ac*cadi*an, a. Etym: [From the city Accad. See Gen. x. 10.] Defn: Pertaining to a race supposed to have lived in Babylonia before the Assyrian conquest. -- Ac*cadi*an, n., Accad, n. Sayce.


ACCEDE Ac*cede, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Acceded; p. pr. & vb. n. Acceding.] Etym: [L. accedere to approach, accede; ad + cedere to move, yield: cf. F. acc?dere. See Cede.] 1. To approach; to come forward; -- opposed to recede. [Obs.] T. Gale. 2. To enter upon an office or dignity; to attain. Edward IV., who had acceded to the throne in the year 1461. T. Warton. If Frederick had acceded to the supreme power. Morley. 3. To become a party by associating one's self with others; to give one's adhesion. Hence, to agree or assent to a proposal or a view; as, he acceded to my request. The treaty of Hanover in 1725 . . . to which the Dutch afterwards acceded. Chesterfield. Syn. -- To agree; assent; consent; comply; acquiesce; concur.


ACCEDENCE Ac*cedence, n. Defn: The act of acceding.


ACCEDER Ac*ceder, n. Defn: One who accedes.


ACCELERANDO Ac*cel`er*ando, a. Etym: [It.] (Mus.) Defn: Gradually accelerating the movement.


ACCELERATE Ac*celer*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accelerated; p. pr. & vb. n. Accelerating.] Etym: [L. acceleratus, p. p. of accelerare; ad + celerare to hasten; celer quick. See Celerity.] 1. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of; -- opposed to retard. 2. To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of; as, to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase of wealth, etc. 3. To hasten, as the occurence of an event; as, to accelerate our departure. Accelerated motion (Mech.), motion with a continually increasing velocity. -- Accelerating force, the force which causes accelerated motion. Nichol. Syn. -- To hasten; expedite; quicken; dispatch; forward; advance; further.


ACCELERATION Ac*cel`er*ation, n. Etym: [L. acceleratio: cf. F. acc?l?ration.] Defn: The act of accelerating, or the state of being accelerated; increase of motion or action; as, a falling body moves toward the earth with an acceleration of velocity; -- opposed to retardation. A period of social improvement, or of intellectual advancement, contains within itself a principle of acceleration. I. Taylor. (Astr. & Physics.) Acceleration of the moon, the increase of the moon's mean motion in its orbit, in consequence of which its period of revolution is now shorter than in ancient times. -- Acceleration and retardation of the tides. See Priming of the tides, under Priming. -- Diurnal acceleration of the fixed stars, the amount by which their apparent diurnal motion exceeds that of the sun, in consequence of which they daily come to the meridian of any place about three minutes fifty-six seconds of solar time earlier than on the day preceding. -- Acceleration of the planets, the increasing velocity of their motion, in proceeding from the apogee to the perigee of their orbits.


ACCELERATIVE Ac*celer*a*tive, a. Defn: Relating to acceleration; adding to velocity; quickening. Reid.


ACCELERATOR Ac*celer*a`tor, n. Defn: One who, or that which, accelerates. Also as an adj.; as, accelerator nerves.


ACCELERATORY Ac*celer*a*to*ry, a. Defn: Accelerative.


ACCELEROGRAPH Ac*celer*o*graph, n. Etym: [Accelerate + -graph.] (Mil.) Defn: An apparatus for studying the combustion of powder in guns, etc.


ACCELEROMETER Ac*cel`er*ome*ter, n. Etym: [Accelerate + -meter.] Defn: An apparatus for measuring the velocity imparted by gunpowder.


ACCEND Ac*cend, v. t. Etym: [L. accendere, accensum, to kindle; ad + cand?re to kindle (only in compounds); rel. to candere to be white, to gleam. See Candle.] Defn: To set on fire; to kindle. [Obs.] Fotherby.


ACCENDIBILITY Ac*cend`i*bili*ty, n. Defn: Capacity of being kindled, or of becoming inflamed; inflammability.


ACCENDIBLE Ac*cendi*ble, a. Defn: Capable of being inflamed or kindled; combustible; inflammable. Ure.


ACCENSION Ac*cension, n. Defn: The act of kindling or the state of being kindled; ignition. Locke.


ACCENSOR Ac*censor, n. Etym: [LL., from p. p. accensus. See Accend.] (R. C. Ch.) Defn: One of the functionaries who light and trim the tapers.


ACCENT Accent`, n. Etym: [F. accent, L. accentus; ad + cantus a singing, canere to sing. See Cant.] 1. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others. Note: Many English words have two accents, the primary and the secondary; the primary being uttered with a greater stress of voice than the secondary; as in as'pira''tion, where the chief stress is on the third syllable, and a slighter stress on the first. Some words, as an'tiap'o-plec''tic, in-com'pre-hen'si-bil''i-ty, have two secondary accents. See Guide to Pron., tt 30-46. 2. A mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents. Note: In the ancient Greek the acute accent (') meant a raised tone or pitch, the grave (`), the level tone or simply the negation of accent, the circumflex ( or ^) a tone raised and then depressed. In works on elocution, the first is often used to denote the rising inflection of the voice; the second, the falling inflection; and the third (^), the compound or waving inflection. In dictionaries, spelling books, and the like, the acute accent is used to designate the syllable which receives the chief stress of voice. 3. Modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent. Beguiled you in a plain accent. Shak. A perfect accent. Thackeray. The tender accent of a woman's cry. Prior. 4. A word; a significant tone; (pl.) expressions in general; speech. Winds! on your wings to Heaven her accents bear, Such words as Heaven alone is fit to hear. Dryden. 5. (Pros.) Defn: Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse. 6. (Mus.) (a) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure. (b) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure. (c) The rythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period. (d) The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage. J. S. Dwight. 7. (Math.) (a) A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''. (b) (Trigon.) A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds. (c) (Engin.) A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches.


ACCENT Ac*cent, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accented; p. pr. & vb. n. Accenting.] Etym: [OF. accenter, F. accentuer.] 1. To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent. 2. To mark emphatically; to emphasize.


ACCENTLESS Accent`less, a. Defn: Without accent.


ACCENTOR Ac*centor, n. Etym: [L. ad. + cantor singer, canere to sing.] 1. (Mus.) Defn: One who sings the leading part; the director or leader. [Obs.] 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: A genus of European birds (so named from their sweet notes), including the hedge warbler. In America sometimes applied to the water thrushes.


ACCENTUABLE Ac*centu*a*ble, a. Defn: Capable of being accented.


ACCENTUAL Ac*centu*al, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to accent; characterized or formed by accent.


ACCENTUALITY Ac*cen`tu*ali*ty, n. Defn: The quality of being accentual.


ACCENTUALLY Ac*centu*al*ly, adv. Defn: In an accentual manner; in accordance with accent.


ACCENTUATE Ac*centu*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accentuated; p. pr. & vb. n. Accentuating.] Etym: [LL. accentuatus, p. p. of accentuare, fr. L. accentus: cf. F. accentuer.] 1. To pronounce with an accent or with accents. 2. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize. In Bosnia, the struggle between East and West was even more accentuated. London Times. 3. To mark with the written accent.


ACCENTUATION Ac*cen`tu*ation, n. Etym: [LL. accentuatio: cf. F. accentuation.] Defn: Act of accentuating; applications of accent. Specifically (Eccles. Mus.), Defn: pitch or modulation of the voice in reciting portions of the liturgy.


ACCEPT Ac*cept, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accepted; p. pr. & vb. n. Accepting.] Etym: [F. accepter, L. acceptare, freq. of accipere; ad + capere to take; akin to E. heave.] 1. To receive with a consenting mind (something offered); as, to accept a gift; -- often followed by of. If you accept them, then their worth is great. Shak. To accept of ransom for my son. Milton. She accepted of a treat. Addison. 2. To receive with favor; to approve. The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice. Ps. xx. 3. Peradventure he will accept of me. Gen. xxxii. 20. 3. To receive or admit and agree to; to assent to; as, I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse. 4. To take by the mind; to understand; as, How are these words to be accepted 5. (Com.) Defn: To receive as obligatory and promise to pay; as, to accept a bill of exchange. Bouvier. 6. In a deliberate body, to receive in acquittance of a duty imposed; as, to accept the report of a committee. [This makes it the property of the body, and the question is then on its adoption.] To accept a bill (Law), to agree (on the part of the drawee) to pay it when due. -- To accept service (Law), to agree that a writ or process shall be considered as regularly served, when it has not been. -- To accept the person (Eccl.), to show favoritism. God accepteth no man's person. Gal. ii. 6. Syn. -- To receive; take; admit. See Receive.


ACCEPT Ac*cept, a. Defn: Accepted. [Obs.] Shak.


ACCEPTABILITY Ac*cept`a*bili*ty, n. Etym: [LL. acceptabilitas.] Defn: The quality of being acceptable; acceptableness. Acceptability of repentance. Jer. Taylor.


ACCEPTABLE Ac*cepta*ble, a. Etym: [F. acceptable, L. acceptabilis, fr. acceptare.] Defn: Capable, worthy, or sure of being accepted or received with pleasure; pleasing to a receiver; gratifying; agreeable; welcome; as, an acceptable present, one acceptable to us.


ACCEPTABLENESS Ac*cepta*ble*ness, n. Defn: The quality of being acceptable, or suitable to be favorably received; acceptability.


ACCEPTABLY Ac*cepta*bly, adv. Defn: In an acceptable manner; in a manner to please or give satisfaction.


ACCEPTANCE Ac*ceptance, n. 1. The act of accepting; a receiving what is offered, with approbation, satisfaction, or acquiescence; esp., favorable reception; approval; as, the acceptance of a gift, office, doctrine, etc. They shall come up with acceptance on mine altar. Isa. lx. 7. 2. State of being accepted; acceptableness. Makes it assured of acceptance. Shak. 3. (Com.) (a) An assent and engagement by the person on whom a bill of exchange is drawn, to pay it when due according to the terms of the acceptance. (b) The bill itself when accepted. 4. An agreeing to terms or proposals by which a bargain is concluded and the parties are bound; the reception or taking of a thing bought as that for which it was bought, or as that agreed to be delivered, or the taking possession as owner. 5. (Law) Defn: An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law. Note: What acts shall amount to such an acceptance is often a question of great nicety and difficulty. Mozley & W. Note: In modern law, proposal and acceptance are the constituent elements into which all contracts are resolved. Acceptance of a bill of exchange, check, draft, or order, is an engagement to pay it according to the terms. This engagement is usually made by writing the word accepted across the face of the bill. Acceptance of goods, under the statute of frauds, is an intelligent acceptance by a party knowing the nature of the transaction. 6. Meaning; acceptation. [Obs.] Acceptance of persons, partiality, favoritism. See under Accept.


ACCEPTANCY Ac*ceptan*cy, n. Defn: Acceptance. [R.] Here's a proof of gift, But here's no proof, sir, of acceptancy. Mrs. Browning.


ACCEPTANT Ac*ceptant, a. Defn: Accepting; receiving.

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