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

    An offer to give or a giving of something of value as a reward for an illegal act; the act of offering or giving a bribe; the thing so given or offered. See 97 Mich. 136, 56 N. W. 361.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Any valuable thing given or promised or any preferment, advantage, privilege or emolument, given or promised corruptly and against the law, as an inducement to any person acting in an official or public capacity to violate or forbear from his duty or to improperly influence his behavior in the performance of such duty. The term "bribe" signifies any money, goods, right in action, property, thing of value, or advantage, present or prospective, or any promise or undertaking to give any, asked, given, or accepted, with a corrupt intent to influence unlawfully the person to whom It is given, in his action, vote, or opinion, in any public or official capacity. Pen. Dak. § 774. Pen. Cal. 1903, § 7; Pen. Code Tex. 1895, art 144; People v. Van de Carr, 87 App. Div. 386, 84 N. Y. Supp. 461; People v. Ward, 110 Cal. 369, 42 Pac. 894; Com. V. Headley, 111 Ky. 815, 64 S. W. 744.