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Most Popular Legal Definitions

human right

An individual's statutory right to equal treatment and to be free from discrimination prohibited by statute. Such rights typically provide a civil remedy to provide compensation or to punish discrimination when it is reported.


A reference back to a thing that was previously mentioned


An agreement between the party suing in a lawsuit and another person, usually an attorney, who agrees to finance and carry the lawsuit in return for a percentage of the recovery.

character witness

A person who testifies testifies in a trial on behalf of a person (usually a criminal defendant) as to that person's good ethical qualities and morality both by the personal knowledge of the witness and the person's reputation in the community.


Legal decisions which have developed and which accompany statues in applying the law against situations of fact.

preferred shares

A share in a company that has some kind of special right or privilege attached to it.


in a lawsuit, the ability for two opposing parties to compromise on their objections before having a trial


gift made by a person to one of his or her children or heirs in anticipation of a gift from the still-living parent's potential estate as an advance on one's inheritance; one should obtain proof that the advanced sum was against the projected inheritance


Real property held under a lease.


A group of people formed as a separate organization and which has as a stated purpose some charitable or benevolent purpose.