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

    The crown may dissolve parliament either in person or by proclamation; the dissolution is usually by proclamation, after a prorogation. No parliament may last for a longer period than seven years. Septennial Act, 1 Gco. I. c. 38. Under 6 Anne, c. 37, upon a demise of the crown, parliament became ipso facto dissolved six months afterwards, but under the Reform Act, 1867, its continuance is now nowise affected by such demise. May, Pari. Pr. (6th Ed.) 48. Brown.