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

    Opinions of the Roman emperors.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil law. Rescripts; opinions given by the emperors in cases submitted to them for decision. Answers of the emperors to petitions. The answers of counsellors, (juris-consul-ti,) as Uipian and others, to questions of law proposed to them, were also called "epistolæ." Opinions written out. The term originally signified the same as literœ. Vicat.