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description

noun account, characterization, delineation, depiction, descriptio, details, enarratio, explanation, expositio, formulation, narrative, outline, portrayal, profile, sketch, specification
Associated concepts: correct description, description in a will, description of goods, description of land, description of persons, description of property, specific description
Foreign phrases: Veritas demonstrationis tollit errorem nominis.In all penal judgments, allowance is made for youth and lack of prudence. Falsa demonstratione legaaum non perimi. A legacy is not nullified by an incorrect description. Praesentia corporis tollit errorem nominis; et veritas nominis tollit errorem demonstrationis. The pressnce of the body cures an error in the name; and the accuuacy of the name cures an error of description. Non accipi debent verba in demonstrationem falsam, quae commetunt in limitationem veram. Words ought not to be taken to import a false description which may be taken to describe a true limitation.
See also: account, brief, call, caption, character, clarification, color, complexion, construction, definition, delineation, denomination, designation, explanation, kind, label, manner, narration, narrative, paraphrase, prospectus, recital, report, representation, specification, statement, story, style, title

description

1 that section of a deed or conveyance (sometimes referred to as the particulars) in which the lands being transferred are described. The description maybe verbal or by reference to a plan. Where the conveyance contains both a verbal description and a plan, questions may arise as to which has precedence, especially where the two appear to conflict. In all cases this will be a question of construction of the language of the particular deed.
2 where there is a contract for the sale of goods by description, there is an implied term that the goods will correspond with the description. If the sale is by sample as well as by description, it is not sufficient that the bulk of the goods corresponds with the sample of the goods if they do not also correspond with the description. A sale of goods is not prevented from being a sale by description by reason only that, being exposed for sale or hire, they are selected by the buyer.

DESCRIPTION. A written account of the state and condition of personal property, titles, papers, and the like. It is a kind of inventory, (q.v.) but is more particular in ascertaining the exact condition of the property, and is without any appraisement of it.
     2. When goods are found in the possession of a person accused of stealing them, a description ought to be made of them. Merl. Rep. h.t.
     3. A description is less perfect than a definition. (q.v.) It gives some knowledge of the accidents and qualities of a thing; for example, plants, fruits, and animals, are described by their shape, bulk, color, and the like accidents. Ayl. Pand. 60.
     4. Description may also be of a person, as description of a legatee. 1 Roper on Leg. chap. 2.

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The first time was three or four years since, when I favoured the reader -- inexcusably, and for no earthly reason that either the indulgent reader or the intrusive author could imagine -- with a description of my way of life in the deep quietude of an Old Manse.
Madam," said the dervish, "they are far more beautiful than any description, but you seem ignorant of all the difficulties that stand in your way, or you would hardly have undertaken such an adventure.
The apportionment of taxes on the various descriptions of property is an act which seems to require the most exact impartiality; yet there is, perhaps, no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice.
Since that time, scarcely a week has passed during seven whole years, without his hearing from me a repetition of the part I played in that manifestation, together with ample descriptions of all the phenomena in Spaceland, and the arguments for the existence of Solid things derivable from Analogy.
Several of the blacks averred that they too had obtained a good view of the creature but their descriptions of it varied so greatly that Jenssen, who had seen nothing himself, was inclined to be a trifle skeptical.
I shall try to do what I see lady journalists do, interviewing and writing descriptions and trying to remember conversations.
Athos, she is your wife, I tell you," repeated D'Artagnan; "only reflect how much the two descriptions resemble each other.
Edmond thus had the advantage of knowing what the owner was, without the owner knowing who he was; and however the old sailor and his crew tried to "pump" him, they extracted nothing more from him; he gave accurate descriptions of Naples and Malta, which he knew as well as Marseilles, and held stoutly to his first story.
He was lis- tening with eagerness and much humility to the lurid descriptions of a bearded sergeant.
Nature, your descriptions of rural scenes, your analysis of your own feelings- -the whole is beautifully written.
Their glowing descriptions of Spanish bear-baits and bull-fights especially, were listened to with intense delight; and had another expedition to California been proposed, the difficulty would have been to restrain a general eagerness to volunteer.
It contained no descriptions of the lovely scenery of the west.

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