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

    A learned man; one qualified to give instruction of the higher order in' a science or art; particularly, one who has received the highest academical degree in his art or faculty, as, a doctor of laws, medicine or theology. In colloquial language, however, the term is practically restricted to practitioners of medicine. Harrison v. State, 102 Ala. 170, 15 South. 563; State v. McKnight, 131 N. O. 717, 42 S. E. 580, 59 In R. A. 187. This term means, simply, practitioner of physic, without respect to system pursued. A certificate of a homœpathic physician is a "doctor's certificate." Co.rsi v. Maretzek, 4 E. D. Smith (N. Y.) L