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

    As used in bonds of publlc and private officers, this term imports not only honesty, but also a punctilious discharge of nil the duties of the office, requiring competence, diligence, and attention, without any malfeasance or nonfeasance, aside from mere mistakes. Sinte v. Chadwick, 10 Or. 468; Hoboken v. Evans, 31 N. J. Law, 343; Harris v. Hanson, 11 Me. 245; American Bank v. Adams, 12 Pick. (Mass.) 306; Union Bank v. Clossey, 10 Johns. (N. Y.) 273; Perry v. Thompson, 16 N. J. Law, 73.