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

    That which one may give or appoint to; given or appointed; removal at pleasure.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A word derived from the Roman law, signlfying "appointed by public authority." Thus, in Scotland, an executor-dative is an executor appointed by a court of justice, corresponding to an English administrator. Mozley & Whitley. In old English law. In one's gift; that may be given and disposed of at will and pleasure.