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 appointment, as to an office; a giving in fulfillment of a duty.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civll law. A gift; a giving of something. It is not exactly synonymous with "donation." for the latter implies generosity or liberality in making a gift, while dation may mean the giving of something to which the recipient is already entitled.
    —Dation en paiement. In French law. A giving by the debtor and receipt by the creditor of something in payment of a debt, instead of a sum of money. It is somewhat like the accord and satisfaction of the common law. 16 Toul-lier, no. 45; Poth. Vente, no. 601.