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

    In old English law. A writ which lay where a greatgrandfather died seised of lands and tenements in fee-simple, and on the day of his death a stranger abated, or entered and kept out the heir. Beg. Orig. 226; Fitzh. Nat. Brev. 221 D; 3 Bl. Co.min. 186.