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 owner’s offer or appropriation of his property to a public use. See 33 N. J. L. 13, 97 Am. Dec. 696.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In reni property law. An appropriation of land to some publlc use, made by the owner, and accepted for such use by or on behalf of the publlc; a deliberate appropriation of land by its owner for any general and publlc uses, reserving to himself no other rights than such as are compatible with the full exercise and enjoyment of the publlc uses to which the property has been devoted. People v. Marin County, 103 Cal. 223, 37 Pac. 203, 26 L. R. A. 659; Grogan v. Hayward (C. C.) 4 Fed. 161; Gowan v. Philadelphia Exch. Co., 5 Watts & S. (Pa.) 141, 40 Am. Dec. 489; Alden Co. v. Challis, 200 III. 222, 65 N. E. 665; Barteau v. West, 23 Wis. 416; Wood v. Hurd, 34 N. J. Law, 87. Express or implied. A dedication may be express, as where the intention to dedicate is expressly manifested by a deed or an explicit oral or written declaration of the owner, or some other explicit manifestation of his purpose to devote the land to the public use. An implied dedication may be shown by some act or course of conduct on the part of the owner from which a reasonable inference of intent may be drawn, or which is inconsistent with any other theory than that he intended a dedication. Culmer v. Salt Lake City, 27 Utah, 252, 75 Pac. 620; Can Antonio v. Sullivan, 23 Tex. Civ. App. 619, 57 S. W. 42; Kent v. Pratt, 73 Conn. 573, 48 Atl. 418; Hurley v. West St. Paul, 83 Minn. 401, 86 N. W. 427; People v. Mann County, 103 Cal. 223, 37 Pac. 203, 26 L. It. A. 659. Common-law or statutory. A common-law dedication is one made as abave described, and may be either express or implied. A statutory dedication is one made under and in conformity with the provisions of a statute regulating the subject, and is of course necessarily express. San Antonio v. Sullivan. 23 Tex. Civ. App. 619, 57 S. W. 42 ; People v. Marin County, 103 Cal. 223, 37 Pac. 203, 26 In H. A. 659. In copyright law. The first publication of a work, without having secured a copyright, is a dedication of it to the public; that having been done, any one may republish it. Bartlett v. Crittenden, 5 McLean, 32, Fed. Cas. No. 1,076.