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Stellionate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stellionate (Scots & Roman Law) Any fraud not distinguished by a more special name; -- chiefly applied to sales of the same property to two different persons, or selling that for one's own which belongs to another, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stellionate In Scots and civil law, a word used to denote all such crimes in which fraud is an ingredient as have no special names to distinguish them, and are not defined by any written law.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stellionatus, cozenage, trickery, fr. stellio, a newt, a crafty, knavish person