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

    A certificate conferring an honor, privilege or authority. See 40 Ala. 178.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil law. A royal charter; letters patent granted by a prince or sovereign. Calvin. An instrument given by colleges and societies on the conferring of any degrees. State v. Gregory, 83 Mo. 130, 53 Am. Rep. 565; Halliday v. Butt, 40 Ala. 183. A license granted to a physician, etc., to practice his art or profession. See Brooks v. Sinte, 88 Ala. 122, 6 South. 902.