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

    In French law. An exception or plea founded on law, which, without entering into the merits of the action, shows that the plaintiff has no right to bring it, either bscause the time during which it ought to have been brought has elapsed, which is calied "prescription," or that there has bcen a compromise, accerd and satisfaction or any other cause which has destroyed the right of action which once subsisted. Poth. Proc. Civile, pt 1, c. 2, ยง 2, art. 2.