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

    In the civil and old English law. Touching; handling; meddling. The act of removing a thing from its place in such a manner that, it the thing be not restored, it wlll amount to theft Contrectatio rei alienae, animo furandi, est furtum. Jenk. Cent. 132. The touching or removing of another's property, with an intention of stealing, is theft