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

    Fictitious; pretended; supposititious; simulated.
    —Feigned accomplice. One who pretends to consult and act with others in the planning or commission of a crime, but only for the purpose of discovering their plans and confederates and securing evidence against them. See People v. Bolanger, 71 Cal. 17, 11 Pac. 800.— Feigned action. In practice. An action brought on a pretended right, when the plaintiff has no true cause of action, for some illegal purpose. In a feigned action the words of the writ are true. It differs from false action, in which case the words of the writ are false. Co. Litt 361.—Feigned diseases. Simulated maladies. Diseases are generally feigned from one of three causes,—fear, shame, or the hope of gain.—Feigned issue. An issue made up by the direction of a court of equity, (or by consent of parties,) and sent to a common-law court, for the purpose of obtaining the verdict of a jury on some disputed matter of fact which the court has not jurisdiction, or is unwilling, to decide. It rests upon a suppositious wager between the parties. See 3 Bl. Comm. 452