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

    A public edict or proclamation.

  • Ban
    Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    1. In old English and civil law. A proclamation; a public notice; the announcement of an intended marriage. Cowell. An excommunication; a ctirse, publicly pronounced. A proclamation of silence made by a crier in court before the meeting of champions in combat Id. A statute, edict or command; a fine or penalty.
    2. In French law. The right of announcing the time of mowing, reaping, and gathering the vintage, exercised by certain seignorial lords. Guyot, Repert Univ.
    3. An expanse; an extent of space or territory; a space inclosed within cortuin limits; the limits or bounds themselves. Spelman.
    4. A privileged spaco or territory around a town, monastery, or othor place.
    5. In old European law. A military standard; a thing uhfurled, a banner. Spelman. A summoning to a standard; a calling out of a mllitary force; the force itself so summoned; a national army levied by proclamation.