Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • 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.

    What is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government.

  • 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.

    What is Property?

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