modus decimandi
Modus Mo"dus, n.; pl. {Modi}. [L. See {Mode}.] (Old Law) 1. The arrangement of, or mode of expressing, the terms of a contract or conveyance. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A qualification involving the idea of variation or departure from some general rule or form, in the way of either restriction or enlargement, according to the circumstances of the case, as in the will of a donor, an agreement between parties, and the like. --Bracton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) A fixed compensation or equivalent given instead of payment of tithes in kind, expressed in full by the phrase {modus decimandi}. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

They, from time immemorial, had paid a modus, or composition. --Landor. [1913 Webster]


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  • modus decimandi — Manner of tithing. Any means whereby the general law of tithing was altered, and a new method of taking tithes was introduced, was called a modus decimandi, or special manner of tithing. It was commonly called by the simple name of a modus. See 2 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • modus decimandi — /mowdas desamaenday/ In Ecclesiastical law, a manner of tithing; a partial exemption from tithes, or a pecuniary composition prescribed by immemorial usage, and of reasonable amount; for it will be invalid as a rank modus if greater than the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • modus decimandi — /mowdas desamaenday/ In Ecclesiastical law, a manner of tithing; a partial exemption from tithes, or a pecuniary composition prescribed by immemorial usage, and of reasonable amount; for it will be invalid as a rank modus if greater than the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Modus — Mo dus, n.; pl. {Modi}. [L. See {Mode}.] (Old Law) 1. The arrangement of, or mode of expressing, the terms of a contract or conveyance. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A qualification involving the idea of variation or departure from some general rule or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • de modo decimandi — Of the manner of tithing. A discharge by custom or prescription is where, time out of mind, certain persons or lands have been discharged from the payment of tithes. This immemorial usage is either de modo decimandi or de non decimando. A modus… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • de modo decimandi — /diy mowdow desamsnday/ Of a modus of tithing. A term applied in English ecclesiastical law to a prescription to have a special manner of tithing. 2 Bl.Comm. 29 …   Black's law dictionary

  • de modo decimandi — /diy mowdow desamsnday/ Of a modus of tithing. A term applied in English ecclesiastical law to a prescription to have a special manner of tithing. 2 Bl.Comm. 29 …   Black's law dictionary

  • Modi — Modus Mo dus, n.; pl. {Modi}. [L. See {Mode}.] (Old Law) 1. The arrangement of, or mode of expressing, the terms of a contract or conveyance. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A qualification involving the idea of variation or departure from some general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tithe — For the type of land division, see Tithing (country subdivision). The Tithe Pig, group by Derby Porcelain, c. 1770 A tithe ( …   Wikipedia

  • tithes — Tenths; a species of incorporeal hereditaments, being the tenth part of the increase, yearly arising and renewing from the profits of lands, the stock upon lands, and the personal industry of the inhabitants, due the church for the support of the …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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