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

    Beyond the limite of the kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; outside the United States; out of the state. Beyond sea, beyond the four seas, beyond the seas, and out of the realm, are synonymous. Prior to the union of the two crowns of England and Scotland, on the accession of James I., the phrases "beyond the four seas," "beyond the seas," and "out of the realm," signified out of the limits of the realm of England. Pancoast's Lessee v. Addison, 1 Har. & J. (Md.) 350, 2 Am. Dec. 520. In Pennsylvania, it has been construed to mean "without the limits of the United States," which approaches the literal signification. Ward v. Hallam, 2 Dali. 217, 1 L. Ed. 355; id.. 1 Yeates (Pat) 329; Green v. Neal, 6 Pet 291, 300, 8 L. Ed. 402. The same construction has been given to it in Missouri. Keeton's Heirs v. Keeton's Adm'r, 20 Mo. 530. See Ang. Lim. §§ 200, 201. The term "beyond seas," in the proviso or saving clause of a statute of limitations, is equivalent to without the limits of the state where the statute is enacted; and the party who is without those limits is entitled to the benefit of the exception. Faw v. Roberdeau, 3 Crancli, 174, 2 L. Ed. 402; Murray v. Baker, 3 Wheat. 541, 4 L.-Ed. 484; Shelby v. Guy, 11 Wheat 361, 6 L. Ed. 495; Piatt v. Vattier, 1 McLean, 146, Fed. Cas. No. 11,117; Forbes' Admit v. Foot's Admit, 2 McCord (S. Ct) 331, 13 Am Dec. 732; Wakefield v. Smart, 8 Ark. 488; Denham v. Holeman, 26 Ga. 182, 71 Am. Dec. 198; Galusha v. Cobleigh, 13 N. H. 79.