from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In civil law, contrary to or not in accordance with the terms of a will or testament.


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  • First, the socalled 'contratabular' possession, given to children who are merely passed over in the will.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • For, having assimilated the succession to freedmen to the succession to freeborn persons, with this sole exception -- in order to preserve some difference between the two classes -- that no one has any title to the former who is related more distantly than the fifth degree, we have left them sufficient remedies in the 'contratabular' possession, and in those called unde legitimi and unde cognati, wherewith to vindicate their rights, so that thus all the subtleties and inextricable confusion of these two kinds of possession of goods have been abolished.

    The Institutes of Justinian


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