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tual F. Ins. Co. v. Fnrqubar, S6 Md. 668, 39 ALI. 527: Wniren v. Mower, 11 Vt. 3o‘5.—Stated meeting. A meeting held at a stated or duly appointed time and [Ji}.\LB; a regular meeting. (a. D.)-Tnwi: meeting. See TOWN.

MEIGBOTE. In Saxon law. A recompense for the murder of a relation.

MEIGNE, or MAJSNADER. lish law. A family.

In old Eng-

MEINDRE AGE. lesser age. lielhiun.

L. Fr. Minority ;

MEINY, MEINE, or MEINIE. In old English law. A nousehold; stall’ or snite of attendants; a retlnue; particularly, the roy- DJ household.

Ml-JJORADO. In Spanish law. Preferred; advanced. White, New Itecop. L 3, LIL 10, C. .l, 5 -1.

M]-ZLANCI-EOLIA. In medical jurispru- dence. A kind of mental unsoundness chariicterlzed by extreme depression of spirlts, ill- grounded fears, delusions, and brooding over one purticulnr subject or train of Ideas Webster. See Iusnmrr.

MELDFEOH. In Saxon law. The recompense due and glven to him who made discovery ol‘ any lnrench of penal laws committed by another person, culled the "pi'on1oters [z‘. e., infoiniei-‘s] fee." Wharton.

MELIOR. Int. Better; the better. Jllclior rcs, the better (best) thing or chattel. Brnct tel. 60.

Melior est eonditio defendentis. The condition of the party in possession is the

better 0 2‘. c., 11. here the right of the parties ls equal. Broom. Max. 715, 719. Melior est " ‘ pusiidentis, et rei

qnam nctm-is. The condition of the possessor is the hetter, and the condition of the defendant is better than that of the plaintitf. 4 lust. 180; Broom, Max. 71-1, 719.

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est ulai neuter jun linbet. .lenl-2. Cent. 118. The condition of the possessor is the hetter where neither of the two has a right.

Meliur est justitin, were yraaveniens qnam severe pnniens. Thnt justice which ulnsolutely pierents [n crime] is better than that which scierely punishes it. 3 Inst. Epil.

MEIIORATIONS. In Scotch law. Improvements of an estate, other than mere repairs; betterments. 1 Bell, Comm. '73. Occasinnnlly used In English nnd Amerlcnn law in the sense of valuable and lasting improvements nr l-etterments. See Green v. Biddle, S \\ S1, 5 L. Ed 547.



Melinrem conditiuneni eocleliie Inn face:-e potent praalntnn, deterioreiu ne- qnaqunm. Co. Lltt. 101. A bishop can make the condition of his own church better, but by no means worse.

Meliorem cunditinnern sunxn fncere [notest minor, deteriorem nequaqnnm. Cu. Litt. 337. A minor can make his own condition better, but by no means worse.

Melina est in tempura occurrere, qnani poll: cnusani vnlnerntum amedinm qusex-ere. 2 Inst. 299. It is hetter to meet a thing In time than after an Injury indicted to seek a remedy.

Melina est jns deficiens quam jnr icnex-tum. Law that is deficient is better than law that is uncertain. LolIt, 395.

Melina est oninia. main pnti qnam nmln cunsentire. 3 inst. 23. It is hotter to suffer every ill than to consent to ill.

Melina est peter-a {antes qnam leotnri x-ivnlos. It is better to go to the fountain head than to follow little streamlets.

Malina est recur-rere qnnxn male enrrere. It is better to run back than to run badly; it is better to retrace one's steps than to proceed linproperiy. 4 lnst. 176. MELIUS INQIJ'IR.ENDUM. To he hettel: inquired into.

In old English law. The llllllfle of I writ C0l)1l)].‘1l1(illlg a further inquiry respecting a matter; as, lifter lill imperfect inquisition in proceedings in outlawry, to have a new inquest as to the value of lands.

MEMBER. One of the persons constituting a pl'll‘l;l.lel‘Sili1J, association, ion. gulld, etc.

One of the persons constituting a court. a legislative assembly, etc.

One of the limbs or portions of the body capable of being used in fighting in selt—(1efense.

“" ‘ of congress. A member of the senate or house of rquresentiitives of the United States. In p0[)lli.ll‘ usage. particularly the lattci'.—lVIember of parliament. One having the right to sit in either house of the British parliament

MEMBER.S. In English law. Place: Where a custom-house has been kept of old time, with officers or deputies In attendance; and they are lawful places of exportation or Importation. 1 Chit. Com. Law, 72/6.

MEMBRANA. Lnt. Parchment. Dig. 32, 52. In old English law. A skin of purch- ment. The ancient rolis nsually consist of several of these skins, nnd the word "mem-

In the civil law.