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Titles of Nobility - DEFINITIONS
From: Noah Webster 1828
Bouvier's Law Dictionary 1848
Black's Law Dictionary 1891
Note: Because they are so similar, the definitions have been consolidated.
- "Emolument": - A gain of profit or advantage.
- "Foreign Power": - "Power" - a sovereign state; a controlling group;
possession or control; authority or influence, political or otherwise.
- "Honour": - One having dominion, advantage or privilege over
- "Nobility": - Exalted rank - high social position.
- "Title of Nobility": - An order of men, in several countries, to whom
special privileges are granted,
- "privileges": - To grant some particular right or exemption.
From a court case, in Horst v. Moses, 48 Ala. 123, 142 (1872), which
gave the following description of "Titles of Nobility":
"to confer a title of nobility, is to nominate to an order of
persons to whom privileges are granted at the expense of
the rest of the people. It is not necessarily hereditary, and
the objection to it arises more from the privileges
supposed to be attached, than to the otherwise empty title
or order. These components are forbidden separately in
the terms "privilege", "honor", and "emoluments", as
they are collectively in the term "title of nobility". The
prohibition is not affected by any consideration paid or
rendered for the grant."
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