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 Scotch law. A state of sickness which ends in death. Ersk. Inst. 3, 8, 95.
    —Death-bed deed. In Scotch law. A deed made by a person while laboring under a distemper of which he afterwards died. Ersk. Inst. 3, 8, 96. A deed is understood to be in death-bed, if, before signing and delivery thereof, the grantor was sick, and never convalesced thereafter. 1 Forbes, Inst. pt. 3, hi 2, c. 4, tit. 1, § 1. But it is not necessary that he shonid be actually confined to his bed at the time of making the deed. Bell.