Dictionary of Law
N.O.V. :: adj. shorthand acronym of Latin for non obstante v ... notwithstanding the verdict verdic
National Labor Relations Board :: n. an independent regulatory commission created in ... see union and organizing elections.
natural law :: n. 1) standards of conduct derived from traditiona ... eated by mankind through the state.
natural person :: n. a real human being, as distinguished from a cor ... ated at law as a fictitious person.
necessary :: adj., adv. 1) essen- tial. 2) less forcefully, it ... nient, useful or making good sense.
necessary inference :: n. 1) a conclusion militated by reason and logic a ... nown facts. 2) unavoidable meaning.
necessary party :: n. a person or entity whose interests will be affe ... o: indispensable party proper party
negative declaration :: n. a finding by a city council or other local gove ... so: EIR environmental impact report
negative pregnant :: n. a denial of an allegation in which a person act ... suse, just the amount and the date.
negligence :: n. failure to exercise the care toward others whic ... gence per se res ipsa loquitur tort
negligence per se :: (purr say) n. negligence due to the violation of a ... riving. See also: negligence per se
negligent :: adj., adv. careless in not fulfilling responsibili ... esponsibility. See also: negligence
negotiable instrument :: n. check, promissory note, bill of exchange, secur ... bearer paper bill of exchange check
negotiation :: n. 1) the transfer of a check, promissory note, bi ... te. See also: negotiable instrument
net :: : n., adj. the amount of money or value remaining ... or net estate. See also: net estate
net estate :: n. the remaining estate of a person who has died, ... alue. See also: estate tax gift tax
new matter :: n. newly claimed facts or legal issues raised (bro ... ee also: affirmative defense answer
next friend :: n. a person (often a relative) who voluntarily hel ... filed. See also: guardian ad litem
next of kin :: n. 1) the nearest blood relatives of a person who ... See also: descent and distribution
nihil :: (ni [as in it]-hill) n. from Latin for nothing. ... t]-hill) n. from Latin for nothing.
nil :: n. from Latin nihil, nothing or zero. ... from Latin nihil, nothing or zero.
nisi prius :: : (nee-see pree-us) adj. Latin for "unless first," ... : original jurisdiction trial court
no contest :: n. in criminal law, a defendant's plea in court th ... : nolo contendere plea plea bargain
no fault divorce :: n. divorces (dissolutions) in which neither spouse ... and South Dakota. See also: divorce
no fault insurance :: n: a type of automobile insurance required of car ... ling lawsuits. See also: negligence
nolle prosequi :: (no-lay pro-say-kwee) n. Latin for "we shall no lo ... nocent and declared nolle prosequi.
nolo contendere :: (no-low kahn-ten-durr-ray) n. Latin for "I will no ... f no contest." See also: no contest
nominal damages :: n. a small amount of money awarded to a plaintiff ... had been damaged. See also: damages
nominal party :: n. a defendant or a plaintiff included in a lawsui ... ed. See also: necessary party party
nominee :: n. 1) a person or entity who is requested or named ... ic office. See also: agent executor
non compos mentis :: : (nahn com-pose meant-is) adj. referring to someo ... . See also: competent compos mentis
non sequitur :: : (nahn sek [as in heck]-kwit-her) n. Latin for "i ... w, stated: "That's a non sequitur."
non-conforming use :: n. the existing use (residential, commercial, agri ... eneral plan grandfathered in zoning
non-contestability clause :: n. an insurance policy provision which requires th ... claim is made by the policyholder.
non-contiguous :: adj. referring to two or more parcels of real prop ... l property which are not connected.
non-discretionary trust :: n. a trust in which the trustee is directed to inv ... ower in the matter. See also: trust
non-feasance :: n. the failure of an agent (employee) to perform a ... . See also: malfeasance misfeasance
non-profit corporation :: n. an organization incorporated under state laws a ... harity corporation cy pres doctrine
non-suit :: n. a ruling by the judge in a lawsuit either when ... the defendant. See also: dismissal
no-par stock :: n. shares in a corporation which are issued withou ... re stated on the stock certificate.
not guilty :: n. 1) plea of a person who claims not to have comm ... t guilty by reason of insanity plea
not guilty by reason of insanity :: n. plea in court of a person charged with a crime ... fense not guilty temporary insanity
notary :: notary public ... notary public
notary public :: n. a person authorized by the state in which the p ... he state which appoints the notary.
note :: n. a promissory note, a written statement of debt ... the note. See also: promissory note
notice :: n. 1) information, usually in writing in all legal ... Thirty-day notice three-day notice
notice of default :: n. a notice to a borrower with property as securit ... notice of default. See also: notice
notice to quit :: n. the notice given by a landlord (owner) to a ten ... h-to-month notice unlawful detainer
notorious possession :: n. occupation of real property or holding personal ... e is as if the person is the owner.
novation :: n. agreement of parties to a contract to substitut ... . See also: accord and satisfaction
noxious :: adj. harmful to health, often referring to nuisanc ... alth, often referring to nuisances.
nugatory :: adj. of no force or effect; invalid. Example: a st ... unconstitutional is a nugatory law.
nuisance :: n. the unreasonable, unwarranted and/or unlawful u ... evening). See also: public nuisance
nullity :: n. something which may be treated as nothing, as i ... of a marriage by a court judgment.
nunc pro tunc :: (nuhnk proh tuhnk) adj. Latin for "now for then," ... r actuality of a bigamous marriage.