Legal capacity

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Legal capacity the power to alter one's rights or duties by the exercise of free-will, or responsibility to punishment for one's acts
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. capacitas,—capĕre, to take, hold.

Usage

In literature:

This time there was all the machinery of court and I appeared only in my legal capacity.
"Zone Policeman 88" by Harry A. Franck
From his master's legal capacity a slave derives ability to be promisee in a stipulation.
"The Institutes of Justinian" by Caesar Flavius Justinian
In his legal capacity he had sought and obtained a warrant for the arrest of the prisoner Ray.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
They had a legal and a natural capacity to be considered as that people.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
But he was more useful to the courtier in his legal capacity, and Rochester dissuaded him from the ministry.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Patiently his legal capacity for bringing coherence out of obscurity led his dazed companion through the mazes of his torpor.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
But there is a legal process for determining the capacity of every person to discharge private duties or to exercise private rights.
"History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution of the United States, Vol. 2" by George Ticknor Curtis
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In news:

It was a benefit at the Fillmore West for KPFA, the Conscience and Culture radio station of Berkeley, and the place was filled much beyond the legal capacity.
The first license, "AM," would be available to 14-year-olds and up, and would restrict them to mopeds, scooters and road-legal ATVs with maximum 50cc capacity and a top speed of 30 mph.
When ruling whether an entity possesses the legal capacity to sue, Connecticut courts consider whether: 1.
I have been practicing law since 1984 in a variety of capacities, both in private practice in law firms large and small, and as European legal counsel to an investment.
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