Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.

Etymologies

Latin stellionatus cozenage, trickery, from stellio a newt, a crafty, knavish person. (Wiktionary)

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