Stellionate
Stellionate Stel"lion*ate, n. [L. stellionatus cozenage, trickery, fr. stellio a newt, a crafty, knavish person.] (Scots & Roman Law) Any fraud not distinguished by a more special name; -- chiefly applied to sales of the same property to two different persons, or selling that for one's own which belongs to another, etc. --Erskine. [1913 Webster]

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  • stellionate — /stel yeuh nit, nayt /, n. Civil Law, Scots Law. any crime of unspecified class that involves fraud, esp. one that involves the selling of the same property to different people. [1615 25; < L stellionatus deceit, underhandedness, equiv. to… …   Universalium

  • stellionate — n. crime that involves fraud (especially one that involves the selling of a single piece of property to different persons) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stellionate — stel·lion·ate …   English syllables

  • stellionate — The unauthorized sale of a piece of property …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • stellionate — /stelyaneyt/ In civil law, a name given generally to all species of frauds committed in making contracts but particularly to the crime of aliening the same subject to different persons …   Black's law dictionary

  • stellionate — Fraud committed in entering into a contract for the sale of property which the vendor has previously sold …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • stellionate — ˈstelyənə̇t, ˌnāt, usu d.+V noun ( s) Etymology: Late Latin stellionatus, from Latin stellion , stellio crafty person (literally, a lizard marked with star shaped spots, from stella star) + atus ate Roman, civil, & Scots law : a fraud not dist …   Useful english dictionary

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