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Instrument

A formal or legal written document; a document in writing, such as a deed, lease, bond, contract, or will. A writing that serves as evidence of an individual's right to collect money, such as a check.

instrument

n. 1) a written legal document such as a contract, lease, deed, will or bond. 2) an object used to perform some task or action, ranging from a surgeon's scalpel to any hard thing used in an assault (a blunt instrument).

instrument

(Document), noun bill, certificate, deed, draft, evidential writing, executed and delivered writing, formal writing, official record, official writing, paper, record, solemn writing, syngrapha, tabula, writing delivered as the evidence of an agreement, writing which gives formal expression to a legal act, written formal expression
Associated concepts: allonge, instrument evidencing a debt, instrument of writing, negotiable instrument
Foreign phrases: Mala grammatica non vitiat chartam, sed in expositione instrumentorum mala grammatica quoad fieri possit evitanda est.Bad grammar does not vitiate a deed, but in the drafting of instruments, bad grammar should, as far as possible, be avoided. Ubi nulla est connectura quae ducat alio, verba intelligenda sunt ex proorietate, non grammatica, sed populari ex usu. Where there is nothing which calls for another construction, words are to be understood according to their proper sense, not according to their strict grammatical meaning, but accorddng to their popular sense. Qui haeret in litera haeret in cortice. He who adheres to the letter of an instrument goes but skin deep into its meaning.

instrument

(Tool), noun agency, agent, aid, appliance, article, channel, contributing force, device, equipment, facility, implement, machine, machinery, means, mechanical construction, mechanism, medium, utensil, utility, vehicle
Associated concepts: instrument of fraud
See also: appliance, blank, certificate, channel, charter, conduit, deed, device, document, expedient, facility, form, forum, indenture, instrumentality, interagent, lease, license, medium, organ, proctor, resource, tool, will

instrument

a written legal document. See also NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT.

INSTRUMENT, contracts. The writing which contains some agreement, and is so called because it has been prepared as a memorial of what has taken place or been agreed upon. The agreement and the instrument in which it is contained are very different things, the latter being only evidence of the existence of the former. The instrument or form of the contract may be valid, but the contract itself may be void on account of fraud. Vide Ayl. Parerg. 305; Dunl. Ad. Pr. 220.

References in classic literature ?
On the second morning, about eleven o'clock, the king himself in person, attended by his nobility, courtiers, and officers, having prepared all their musical instruments, played on them for three hours without intermission, so that I was quite stunned with the noise; neither could I possibly guess the meaning, till my tutor informed me.
This supplementary program also instructed the excursionists to provide themselves with light musical instruments for amusement in the ship, with saddles for Syrian travel, green spectacles and umbrellas, veils for Egypt, and substantial clothing to use in rough pilgrimizing in the Holy Land.
In the house there were two experienced maids, musical instruments of all sorts, a charming "young lady's library," pictures, paint-boxes, a lap- dog, and everything to make life agreeable.
The climate being a thirsty one, there was never, at any hour of the day, a scarcity of loungers in the spacious bar, or a cessation of the mixing of cool liquors: but they were a merrier people here, and had musical instruments playing to them o' nights, which it was a treat to hear again.
A TRUTHFUL Man, finding a musical instrument in the road, asked the name of it, and was told that it was a fish-horn.
It must be disheartening work learning a musical instrument.
When you were twenty your father did not, I presume, object to your learning chemistry or playing a musical instrument.
Instantly Sylvie seated herself upon a tiny mushroom, that happened to grow in front of a daisy, as if it were the most ordinary musical instrument in the world, and played on the petals as if they were the notes of an organ.
Practiced the foreign vice of perfecting himself in the art of playing on a musical instrument and couldn't learn the English virtue of knowing a good horse when he saw him.
He thrummed on the table as if it had been a musical instrument, and squalled in imitation of her manner of singing.
Fang to the House of Correction for one month; with the appropriate and amusing remark that since he had so much breath to spare, it would be more wholesomely expended on the treadmill than in a musical instrument.
His tone lingered in the air, almost like the tone of a musical instrument.