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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.

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Or that he did not give her the use of their own instrument which must now be shut up in London, untouched by any body.
Their outward garments were adorned with the figures of suns, moons, and stars; interwoven with those of fiddles, flutes, harps, trumpets, guitars, harpsichords, and many other instruments of music, unknown to us in Europe.
Each State is the constituent and enacting party, and the United States in Congress assembled the recipient of delegated power--and that power delegated with such a penurious and carking hand that it had more the aspect of a revocation of the Declaration of Independence than an instrument to carry it into effect.
Do they begin by exciting the detestation of the very instruments of their intended usurpations?
When coffee was over, Colonel Fitzwilliam reminded Elizabeth of having promised to play to him; and she sat down directly to the instrument.
There was a vacancy in the looks of Charlotte, during the scientific execution of the different individuals who had been labouring at the several instruments in the course of the evening, that denoted a total indifference to the display.
An anchor is a forged piece of iron, admirably adapted to its end, and technical language is an instrument wrought into perfection by ages of experience, a flawless thing for its purpose.
Awkward as such an instrument may appear, it was, in Fayaway's delicate little hands, one of the most graceful I have ever seen.
As in all arts which are brought to perfection it is necessary that they should have their proper instruments if they would complete their works, so is it in the art of managing a family: now of instruments some of them are alive, others inanimate; thus with respect to the pilot of the ship, the tiller is without life, the sailor is alive; for a servant is as an instrument in many arts.
The melody grew and passed from one instrument to another.
It took but a moment to loosen this and raise the cover, when, to my utter astonishment, I discovered an ordinary telegraph instrument clicking away within.
Upon each instrument were characters which indicated the pitch and length of its tone.