De'o·dand` noun [ Late Latin deodandum , from Latin Deo dandum to be given to God.] (Old Eng. Law) A personal chattel which had caused the death of a person, and for that reason was given to God, that is, forfeited to the crown, to b...
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• (n.) A personal chattel which had caused the death of a person, and for that reason was given to God, that is, forfeited to the crown, to be applied to pious uses, and distributed in alms by the high almoner. Thus, if a cart ran over a man and killed him, it was forfeited as a deodand.
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Deodand is a thing forfeited or given to God, specifically, in law, an object or instrument which becomes forfeit because it has caused a person`s death. The English common law of deodands traces back to the 11th century and was applied, on and off, until Parliament finally abolished it in 1846. Un...
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English Law. This word is derived from Deo dandum - to be given to God - and is used to designate the instrument, whether it be an animal or inanimate thing, which has caused the death of a man.
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In old English law, deodand was a term denoting any chattel which had caused the death of a person, accidentally or otherwise, such as falling from a ladder, being tossed by a bull, falling from a horse etc. The item was sold and the proceeds taken by the church and the money supposedly paid for mas...
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an instrument (animal or object) which caused the death of a person, and as such was forfeit to the crown
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