Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Scots and civil law, a word used to denote all such crimes in which fraud is an ingredient as have no special names to distinguish them, and are not defined by any written law.
- n. law, Scotland 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- Latin stellionatus cozenage, trickery, from stellio a newt, a crafty, knavish person. (Wiktionary)
“This sale is really a stellionate and an extortion; but by the legal fiction of the right of property, this same sale, severely punished, we know not why, in other cases, is a source of profit and value to the proprietor.”
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