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

    To admit an act and to justify it.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In pleading. To acknowledge and justify an act done. To make an avowry. For example, when replevin ls brought for a thing distrained, and the party taking claims that he had a right to make the distress, he is said to avow. Newell Mill Co., v. Muxlow, 115 N. Y. 170, 21 N. E. 1048.