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

    The interval between one ruler’s death and the beginning of his successor's reign. See Commonwealth.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An interval between reigns. The period which elapses between the death of a sovereign and the election of another. The vacancy which occurs when there is no government.