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

    Fatuous; silly; foolish; idiotic; an idiot.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An idiot or fool. Bract. foL 420b. Foolish; absurd; indiscreet; or ill considered. Fatuum judicium, a foolish judgment or verdict. Applied to the verdict of a jury which, though false, was not criminally so, or did not amount to perjury. Bract fol. 289 Fatuus, apud jurisconsultos nostros, aecipitur pro non compos mentis; et fatnns dieitur, qui omnino desipit. 4 Coke, 128. Fatuous, among our jurisconsults, is understood for & man Mot of right mind; and he is called "fatuus" who is altogether foolish. Fatuns pr├Žsutnitur qui in proprio nomine errat. A man ls presumed to be simple who makes a mistake in his own name. Code, 6, 24, 14; Van Alst v. Hunter, 6 Johns. Ch. (N. Y.) 148, 16L