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

    For good and ill. The Latin form of the law French phrase "De bien et de mat." In ancient criminal pleading, this was the expression with which the prisoner put himself upon a Jury, indicating his absolute submission to their verdict. This was also the name of the special writ of jail delivery formerly in use in England, which issued for each particular prisoner, of course. It was superseded by the general commission of Jail delivery.