Set 30 – Five New Words for Nov 30

Theme: Terms from law

1. lex loci (leks LOH-sy, -kee, -ky)

MEANING:
noun: The law of the place.

NOTES:
Lex loci says that the law of that country or jurisdiction applies where the act was done.

USAGE:
“Another statute book named Conscience is observed lex loci wherever God sees.”

2. hereditament (her-i-DIT-uh-ment)

MEANING:
noun: Inheritable property.

NOTES:
Hereditament is of two kinds: corporeal and incorporeal. If your grandfather willed you his collection of Superman comics, that would be corporeal hereditament. If he awarded you only the right to read those comics from time to time, it’d be incorporeal hereditament.

USAGE:
“The Panadura Recreation Club was established seventy years ago on a hereditament of land.”

“Sir, having no disease, nor any taint
Nor old hereditament of sin or shame.”

3. suborn (suh-BORN)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To induce another to perform an unlawful act or give false testimony.

USAGE:

“Would a senior lawyer, proven in a court of law to attempt to suborn a witness, be allowed to continue to practice law?”
“Regulators were suborned by lobbyists and ministers.”

4. mens rea (MENZ REE-uh)

MEANING:
noun: Criminal intent.

USAGE:
“She appealed against her conviction on the basis that she did not have the required mens rea, in that she was not aware she was carrying drugs.”

5. attorn (uh-TUHRN)

MEANING:

verb tr.: To turn over rent, goods, etc. to another.

verb intr.: To agree to be a tenant of a new landlord of the same property.

USAGE:
“So there was no reason to proceed with the extradition, because they’d already attorned to that jurisdiction.”

AND WITH THAT MY 30 DAY PROJECT COMES TO AN END.

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