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

    Ascertainment of paternity of a bastard child.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The fixing any one with the paternity of a bastard child, and the obligation to maintain it. In French law. A species of adoption which exists by custom in some parts of France. The person affiliated succceded equally with other heirs to the property acquired by the deceased to whom he had been affiliated, but not to that which he inherited. Bouvier. In ecclesiastical law. A condition which prevented the superior from removing the person affillated to another convent Guyot, Report