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 uniting of two or more persons for a common purpose.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A conspiracy or confederation of men for unlawful or violent deeds. A union of different elements. A patent may be taken out for a new combination of existing machines. Stevenson Co. v. McFas-sell, 90 Fed. 707, 33 C. C. A. 249; Moore v. Schaw (O. C.) 118 Fed. 602.
    —Combination in restraint of trade. A trust, pool, or other association of two or more individuals or corporations having for its object to monopolize the manufacture or traffic in a particular commodity, to regulate or control the output, restrict the sale, establish and maintain the price, stifle or exclude competition, or otherwise to interfere with .the normal course of trade under conditions x>f free competition. Northern Securities Co., v. U. S., 193 U. S. 197, 24 Sup. Ct. 486, 48 L. Ed. 079; U. S. v. Knight Co., 156 U. S. 1, 15 Sup. Ch 249, 39 Lt Ed. 325; Texas Brewing Co. v. Templeman, 90 Tex. 277, 38 S. W. 27 ; U. S. v. Patterson (C. Ct) 55 Fed. 605; State v. Continental Tobacco Co.., 177 Mo. 1, 75 S. W. 737.