Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A grayish American wading bird (Phalaropus tricolor) with white underparts and a needlelike bill.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Alexander Wilson (1766-1813), Scottish-born American ornithologist.

Examples

  • Gray, in a work on "Perpetuities," to be unwarranted, and since its publication the cases which had proceeded on that basis have been generally treated as erroneous.

    The American Judiciary

  • Particularly piquant is the author's explanation of the common law's Rule Against Perpetuities, which would seem to limit restrictions that a dead man may place on his heirs, but only a layman could put it that simply.

    Raging Against Aging

  • The Rule Against Perpetuities never applies to any future interest created in the grantor (the government in this case).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Mojave Cross Decision (Salazar v. Buono) Handed Down

  • I understand it it was an unused doctrine like the Rule Against Perpetuities, but I remember discussion about the supremacy clause from my 9th grade civics class.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Feds May Sue Arizona Over Immigration

  • He's the guy who got me kicked downstairs to my office on the eighth floor with its commanding view of a parking garage when I confused the Rule Against Perpetuities with the Rule in Dumphor's Case.

    Matt Slade, Esq.--Pro Bono Czar

  • If not, then does the restriction violate the Rule Against Perpetuities?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Mojave Cross Decision (Salazar v. Buono) Handed Down

  • If there are any conditions to the vesting of the contingent remainder which might come to fruition more than 21 years after everyone now alive has passed on, then the grant of the contingent remainder violates the Rule Against Perpetuities and is invalid.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Epstein on Ricci:

  • As to the Rule against Perpetuities, if there is a contingent interest in property, that interest must vest, if at all, within a life in being plus 21 years and the standard 9 month gestation period for humans, in some cases.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Epstein on Ricci:

  • I await the day when a niece or nephew will march up to me and proudly declare, “Uncle Tom, listen to me say the Rule Against Perpetuities.”

    Stromata Blog:

  • Right now, the incoming 1Ls sit in apartments furnished by Ikea and the kitchen-in-a-box from Target, awkwardly chatting with new roomates found via Craigslist or the law school list-serv, wondering at what have they done and are they really expected to learn the Rule Against Perpetuities?

    Is That Legal?: Summertime (And The Livin' Ain't Easy)

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