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

    A head;- a chief; a principal.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A head; the head of a person; the whole person; the life of a person; one's personality; status; civll condition. At common law. A head. Caput comitatis, the head of the county; the sheriff; the king. Spelman. A person; a life. The upper part of a town. Cowell. A castle. Spelman. In the civil law. It signified a person's civil condition or status, and among the Romans consisted of three component parts or elements,—libertas, liberty; civitas, citizenship; and familia, family.
    —Capitis æstimatio. In Saxon law. The estimation or value of the head, that is, the price or value of a man's life.
    —Capnt anni. The first day of the year.
    —Capnt baronise. The castle or chief seat of a baron.
    —Capnt jejnnii. The beginning of the Lent fast, i.e., Ash Wednesday.
    —Capnt loci. The head or upper part of a place.
    —Capnt lnpinnm. In old English law. A wolf's head. An outlawed felon was said to be caput lupinum, and might be knocked on the head, like a wolf.
    —Caput mortuum. A dead head; dead; obsolete.
    — Caput portus. In old English law. The head of a port. The town to which a port belongs, and which gives the denomination to the port, and is the head of it. Hale de Jure Mar. pt. 2, (de portubus maris,) c. 2.
    —Cauut, principium, et finis. The head, beginning, and end. A term applied in English law to the king, as head of parliament. 4 Inst 3 ; 1 Bl. Comm. 188.