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

    Pertaining or relating to a continent; characteristic of a continent; as broad In scope or purpose as a continent. Co.ntinental Ins. Co. v. Co.ntinental Fire Ass'n (C. C.) 96 Fed. 848.
    —Continental congress. The first national legislative assembly m the United Slates, which met in 1774, in pursuance of a recommendation made by Massachusetts and adopted by the other colonies. In this congress all the colonies were represented except Georgia. The delegates were in some cases chosen by the legislative assemblies in the states; in others by the people directly. The powers of the congress were undefined, but it proceeded to take measures and pass resolutions which concerned the general welfare and had regard to the inauguration and prosecution of the war for independence. Black, Const. Law (3d Ed.) 40; 1 Story, Const. §§ 198-2l7.
    —Continental currency. Paper money issued under the authority of the continental congress. Wharton v. Morris, 1 Dall. 125, 1 I. Ed. 65.