ante litem motam
'before the case began'.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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  • ante litem motam — /aentiy laytam mowtam/ At time when declarant had no motive to distort truth. Before suit brought, before controversy instituted. Also, before the controversy arose …   Black's law dictionary

  • ante litem motam — Before the commencement of the suit, such being a test of admissibility of declarations on the theory that at such time the declarant had no motive to distort truth. 29 Am J2d Evid § 605 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • litem motam — See ante litem motem …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • tradition — Knowledge, belief, or practices transmitted orally from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity. When applied to pedigree, some authorities treat tradition, repute and reputation as convertible terms. They mean such declarations and… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • JESUITAE — Ordo Relgiosorum in Eccl Rom. ab Ignatio Loiola fundatus, circa A. C. 1534. confirmatus a Paulo III: A. C. 1540. Novo atque ut pleris que visum est, superbo nomine appellati sunt, inquit Thuan. Hist. Tom. 1. l. 15. Hi ex tenuibus initiis otti,… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

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