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Abdication

(in a political sense, renunciation of high public office, usually by a monarch. Some abdications have been purely voluntary and resulted in no loss

Abduction

In English law, the taking away by force, fraud, or persuasion of a woman or a child against her own will, or against the will of her parents or

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Abortion

Worldwide, some 46 million women have abortions every year. Of these abortions, only slightly more than half are legal, that is, take place under

Academic dishonesty

Broadly stated, academic dishonesty involves the use by individuals in academia of unethical means such as fraud or plagiarism to achieve success in

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Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971

( ăch'ĭsӘn ), 1893–1971, U.S. secretary of state (1949–52), b. Middletown, Conn., grad. Yale, Harvard Law School. He was (1919–21) private secretary

Administrative law

law governing the powers and processes of administrative agencies. The term is sometimes used also of law (i.e., rules, regulations) developed by

Admiralty court

English court that tries and gives judgement in maritime cases. The court is now incorporated within the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court and

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Alcatraz Island (Calif.)

The U.S. penitentiary on Alcatraz Island is perhaps the most famous of all American prisons. Located on the 12-acre island in San Francisco Bay,

Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)

1798 The Alien and Sedition acts, passed by the Federalist-controlled Congress with a modicum of Democratic-Republican support in the summer of 1798,

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Alimony

in law, allowance for support that an individual pays to his or her former spouse, usually as part of a divorce settlement. It is based on the common