Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Dum
    Ballentine's Law Dictionary


  • Dum
    Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lab While; as long as; until; upon condition that; provided that.
    —Dam bene se gesserit. While he shall conduct himself well; during good behavior. Expressive of a tenure of office not dependent upon the pleasure of the appointing power, nor for a limited period, but terminable only upon the death or misconduct of the incumbent.
    — Dun fervet opus. While the work glows ; in the heat of action. 1 Kent, Comm. 120.
    —Dnm fuit in prisona. In English law. A writ which lay for a man who had aliened lands under duress by imprisonment, to restore to him his proper estates. 2 Inst. 482. Abolished by St. 3 & 4 Wm. IV. c. 27.
    —Dnm fuit infra ætatem. (While he was within age.) In old English practice. A writ of entry which formerly lay for an infant after he had attained his full age, to recover lands which he had aliened in fee, in tali, or for life, during his infancy; and, after his death, his heir had the same remedy. Reg. Orig. 228b; Fitzh. Nat. Brev. 192, G; Litt. § 406; Co.. litt. 247b.
    —Dim non fuit compos mentis. The name of a writ which the heirs of a person who was non cornos mentis, and who aliened his lands, might ave sued out to restore him to his rights. Abolished by 3 & 4 Wm. IV. c. 27.
    —Dnm recens fuit maleficium. While the offense was fresh. A term employed in the old law of appeal of rape. Bract, fol. 147.
    —Dnm sola. While sole, or single. Dum solo fuerit, while she shall remnin soie. Dum sola et casta vixerit, while she lives single and chaste. Words of limitation in old conveyances. Co.. Litt. 235a. Also applied generally to an unmarried woman in connection with something that was or might be done during that condition.