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

    1. Valid; sufficient in law; effectual ; unobjectionable.
    2. Responsible; solvent; able to pay an amount specified.
    3. Of a value corresponding with its terms; collectible. A note is said to be "good" when the payment of it at maturity may be relied on. Curtis v. Smallman, 14 Wend. (N. Y.) 232; Cooke v. Nathan, 16 Barb. (N. Y.) 344. Writing the word "Good" across the face of a check is the customary mode in which bankers at the present day certify that the drawer has funds to meet it, and that it will be paid on presentation for that purpose. Merchants' Nat. Bank v. State Nat. Bank, 10 Wall. 645. 19 L. Ed. 1008; Irving Bank v. Wetherald, 36 N. Y. 335.
    —Good abearing. See Abearance.
    —Good and lawful men. Those who are not disqualified for service on juries by non-age, alienage, infamy, or lunacy, and who reside in the county of the venue. Bonds v. State, Mart. & Y. (Tenn.) 146, 17 Am. Dec. 795; State v. Price, 11 N. J. Law, 209.
    —Good and valid. Reliable, sufficient, and unimpeachable in law; adequate; responsible.
    —Good behavior. Orderly and lawful conduct; behavior such as is proper for a peaceable and law-abiding citizen. Surety of good behavior may be exacted from any one who manifests an intention to commit crime or is otherwise reasonably suspected of a criminal design. Huyser v. Com., 76 S. W. 175. 25 Ky. Law Rep. 608; In re Spenser, 22 Fed. Cas. 921.
    —Good consideration. As distinguished from valuable consideration, a consideration founded on motives of generosity, prudence, and natural duty; such as natural love and affection. Potter v. Grade, 58 Ala. 307, 29 Am. Ren. 748; Groves v. Groves, 65 Ohio St. 442, 62 N. E. 1044; Jackson v. Alexander, 3 Johns. (N. Y.) 484, 3 Am. Dec. 517.
    —Good country. In Scotch law. Good men of the country. A name given to a jury.
    — Good faith. Good faith consists in an honest intention to abstain from taking any unconscientious advantage of another, even through the forms or technicalities of law, together with an absence of all information or belief of facto which would render the transaction unconscientious. Crouch v. First Nat. Bank, 156 111. 348, 40 N. E. 974; Docter V. Furch, 91 Wis. 464, 65 N. W. iel: Gress v. Evans, 1 Dak. 387, 46 N. 'W. 1132; Walraven v. Bank, 96 Tex. 331, 74 S. W. 530; Searl v. School Dist., 133 U. S. 553, 10 Sun. Ct. 374, 33 L. Ed. 740.
    —Good jury. A jury of which the members are selected from the list of special jurors. See L. R. 5 C. P. 155.
    —Good title. This means such a title as a court of chancery would adopt as a sufficient ground for compelling specific performance, and such a title as would be a good answer to an action of ejectment by any claimant. Reynolds v. Borel, 86 Cal. 538, 25 Pac. 67; Irving v. Campbell, 121N. Y. 358, 24 N. El 821, 8 L. It. A. 620; Gillespie v. Broas, 23 Barb. (N. Y.) 381.
    —Good will. The custom or patronage of any established trade or business; the benefit or advantage of having established a business and secured its patronage by the public. The advantage or benefit which is acquired by an establishment, beyond the mere value of the capital, stocks, funds, or property employed therein, in consequence of the general public patronage and encouragement which it receives from constant or habifual customers, on account of its local position, or common celebrity, or reputation for skill or affluence or punctuality, or from other accidental circumstances or necessities, or even from ancient partialities or prejudices. Story, Partn. § 99; Haverly v. Elliott, 39 Neb. 20L 57 N. W. 1010; Munsey v. Butterfield, 133 Mass. 494; Bell v. Ellis, 33 Cal. 625; People v. Roberts, 159 N. Y. 70, 53 N. E. 685, 45 L. R. A. 126; Churton v. Douglas, 5 Jur. N. S. 890; Menendez v. Holt, 128 U. & 514, 9 Sup. 0t 148, 32 In Ed. 526. The good-will of a business is the expectation of continued public patronage, but it does not include a right to use the name of any person from whom it was acquired. Civ. Code Cal. § 992; Civ. Code Dak. § 577. The term "good-will" does not mean simply the advantage of occupying particular premises which have been occupied by a manufacturer, etc. It means every advantage, every positive advantage, that has been acquired by a proprietor in carrying on his business, whether connected with the premises in which the business is conducted, or with the name under which it is managed, or with any other matter carrying with it the benefit of the business. Glen & Hall Mfg. Co. v. Hall, 6l N. Y. 226, 19 Am. Rep. 278.