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

    begin an action; to accuse; toJ appoint an heir by will. See, also, Heir institute.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    n. In the civil law. A person named in the will as heir, but with a direction that he shall pass over the estate to another designated person, called the "substitute." In Scotch law. The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation; the others, or the heirs of tailzie, are called "substitutes."

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    v. To inaugurate or commence; as to institute an action. Com. v. Duane, 1 Binn. (Pa.) 608, 2 Am. Dec. 497; Franks v. Chapman, 61 Tex. 580; Post v. In S„ 161 In S. 583, 16 Sup. Ct. 611, 40 In Ed. 816. To nominate, constitute, or appoint; as to institute an heir by testament. Dig. 28, 5, 65