Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Some title or description written after a man’s name for certainty of identification. See 1 Met. (Mass.) 151.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Whatever is added to a man's name by way of title or description, as additions of mystery, place or degree. Cowell. In English law, there are four kinds of additions,—additions of estate, such as yeoman, gentleman, esquire; additions of degree, or names of dignity, as knight, earl, marquis, duke; additions of trade, mystery, or occupation, as scrivener, pninter, mason, carpenter; and additions of place of residence, as London, Chester, etc. The only additions recognized in American law are those of mystery and residence. In the law of liens. Within the meaning of the mechanic's lien law, an "addition" to a building must be a lateral addition. It must occupy ground without the limits of the building to which it constitutes an addition, so that the lien shall be upon the building formed by the addition and the land upon which it stands. An alteration in a former building, by adding to its height, or to its depth, or to the extent of its interior accommodations, is merely an "alteration," and not an "addition." Putting a new story on an old buliding is not an addition. Updike v. Skillman. 27 N. J. Law, 132. In French law. A supplementary process to obtain additional information. Guyot, Repert