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To make this little work as useful to the learner as its limits will permit, a collection of maxims, words and phrases is here subjoined, for the benefit of those who are not familiar with the Latin and French, froin which they are selected. They may be written in short hand, the same as English, but should be distinguished by a line drawn over them.
Ab initio.-From the beginning.
Aborigines. The first inhabitants of a country-as the Indians in America.
Accedas ad curiam.--You may approach the court.
Actio personalis moritur cum persona.-A personal action dies with the person.
Actus Dei nemini facit injuriam.--No one shall be injured through the act of God.
Actus legis nulli facit injuriam.-The act of the law does injury to no
Actus, me invito factus, non est meus actus.--An act done against my will is not my act.
Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea.-The act does not make a man guilty, unless the mind be also guilty.
Ad eundem.-To the same.
A fin. French.--To the end.
Alumni.-Those who have received their education at a college, are called alumni of that college.
Amor patriæ.--The love of our country.
Arcana imperii.--State secrets.-The mysteries of government.
- A secret.—The grand arcanum—the philosopher's stone.
Elegit.--He has chosen.
E pluribus unum.-One of many.--The motto of the United States of America.
Erratum.-An error.- Errata.- Errors.
Exceptio probat regulam.-The exception proves the existence of the rule,
Excerpta.-Extracts. - Abridged notices taken from a work.
Habeas corpus ad prosequendum.--You may have the body in order to prosecute.
Habeas corpus ad respondendum.-You may have the body to answer.
Ignoramus.--We are ignorant.-An uninformed blockhead.
I. H. S.-An abbreviation of Jesus Hominum Salvator.- Jesus the Saviour of mankind.
Imperium in imperio.-A government existing within another govern. ment-as Pennsylvania within the general government of the U. States.
Imprimatur.-Let it be printed.
Interregnum.-The interval between the death of one king, and the succession of another.
In terrorem.-In terror.--As a warning.
Ipse dixit. He said it himself.-On his ipse dirit-on his mere assertion.
Ipsisima verba.--The very words—the literal meaning.
Judicium parium, aut leges terre.-The judgment of our peers, or the law of the land.
Jure humano.--By human law.
Ler neminem cogit ad impossibilia. -The law compels no man to impossibilities.
Ler non scripta.-The unwritten law.