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

    A statement in a pleading introductory to the plea and explanatory of it; a statement of the facts, out of which a defamation charge arises or to make the charge intelligible. See 122 Cal. 58, 54 Pac. 389.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In contracts. The benefit or advantage which the promisor is to receive from a contract is the inducement for making it. In criminal evidence. Motive; that which leads or tempts to the commission of crime. Burrill, Circ. Ev. 283. In pleading. That portion of a declaration or of any subsequent pleading in an action which is brought forward by way of explanatory introduction to the main allegations. Brown. Huston v. Tyler, 140 Mo. 252, 36 S. W. 654; Consolidated Coal Co., v. Peers, 07 III. App. 194; Taverner v. Little, 5 Bing. N. C. 678; Grand v. Dreyfus, 122 Cal. 58, 54 Pan. 389.