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 presumption of law; legal meaning.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The true meaning, the correct understanding or intention of the law;" a presumption or inference made by the courts. Co. Litt 78. -Common intendment. The natural and usual sense; the common meaning or understanding; the plain meaning of any writing as apparent on its face without straining or distorting the construction.