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

    Mutual aid or benefit societies.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. Associations supported by subscription, for the rellef and maintenance of the members or their wives, children, relatives, and nominees, in sickness, infancy, advanced age, widowhood, etc. The statutes regulating these societies were consolidated and amended by St. 38 & 39 Viet c. 60. Wharton.