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

    To live; to have Ilfe or animation; to be in present force, activity or effect at a given time; as in speaking of "existing" contracts, creditors, debts, laws, rights or liens. Merritt v. Grover, 57 Iowa, 493, 10 N. W. 879; Whitaker v. Rice, 9 Minn. 13 (Gll. 1), 86 Am. Dee, 78; Wing v. Slater, 19 R.I. 507, SB Atl. 302, 33 L. R. A. 566; Law-rle v. State, 5 Ind. 526; Godwin v. Banks, 87 Md. 425, 40 Atl. 268. A child conceived, but not born, is to be deemed an "existing person" so far as may be necessary for its interests in the event of its subsequent birth. Bev. Codes N. D. 1899, ยง 2700; 1 Bl. Comm. 130.