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

    Speech is the index of intent. See 41 Neb. 631, 25 L. R. A. 564, 59 N. W. 935.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Language is the exponent of the intention. The language of a statute or instrument is the best guide to the intention. Broom, Max. 622.