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IDIOT, Persons. A person who has been without understanding from his nativity, and whom the law, therefore, presumes never likely to attain any. Shelf. on Lun. 2.
     2. It is an imbecility or sterility of mind, and not a perversion of the understanding. Chit. Med. Jur. 345, 327, note s; 1 Russ. on Cr. 6; Bac. Ab. h.t. A; Bro. Ab. h.t.; Co. Litt. 246, 247; 3 Mod. 44; 1 Vern. 16; 4 Rep. 126; 1 Bl. Com. 302. When a man cannot count or number twenty, nor tell his father's or mother's name, nor how old he is, having been frequently told of it, it is a fair presumption that, he is devoid of understanding. F. N. B. 233. Vide 1 Dow, P. C. now series, 392; S. C. 3 Bligh, R. new series, 1. Persons born deaf, dumb, and blind, are, presumed to be idiots, for the senses being the only inlets of knowledge, and these, the most important of them, being closed, all ideas and associations belonging to them are totally excluded from their minds. Co. Litt. 42 Shelf. on Lun. 3. But this is a mere presumption, which, like most others, may be rebutted; and doubtless a person born deaf, dumb, and blind, who could be taught to read and write, would not be considered an idiot. A remarkable instance of such an one may be found in the person of Laura Bridgman, who has been taught how to converse and even to write. This young woman was, in the year 1848, at school at South Boston. Vide Locke on Human Understanding, B. 2 c. 11, Sec. 12, 13; Ayliffe's Pand. 234; 4 Com. Dig. 610; 8 Com. Dig. 644.
     3. Idiots are incapable of committing crimes, or entering into contracts. They cannot of course make a will; but they may acquire property by descent.
     Vide, generally, 1 Dow's Parl. Cas. new series, 392; 3 Bligh's R. 1; 19 Ves. 286, 352, 353; Stock on the Law of Non Compotes Mentis; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.

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On removal of bridges, mobility of all the implants was detected and OAF was observed [21].
Section 3 discusses on the achievable rate difference between OAF and NAF.
The most common surgical procedure used for the OAF repair is the buccal advancement flap designed by Rehrmann.12 In this procedure, a broad-based trapezoid mucoperiosteal flap is created and suture over the defect.
The very short Part I describes the first week of OAF. NATO believed that Miloseviae would easily cave in to their demands, so detailed planning for a longer campaign had not been conducted.
where OAF is the ratio of outdoor airflow to the total supply airflow rate, OAT is outdoor-air temperature and RAT is return-air temperature.
The questions are the end items of an analysis of the lessons derived from OAF. Many of the lessons raised in this analysis are tough ones, but they should frame the strategic and operational issues to pursue during the course of any postconflict examination.
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This is the Painter as anachronistic oaf, his heroic activity rendered vaguely risible.
When I get irritated with pomposity, I savor the humor: the bumbling oaf throws on clothes, a quick nod to decency and perhaps to the millions who would inherit the tradition, hearing it in their Sunday best.
He who used to be called a "jerk," a "cad," or an "oaf" has been elevated to the status of Great Male Warrior.
Among his books are Life and Times of Martha Hepplethwaite (1926); The Adventures of an Oaf, with Herbert Roth (1927); Innocent Bystanding (1928); Broccoli and Old Lace (1931); In One Ear (1933); A Pearl in Every Oyster (1938); Sullivan at Bay (1939); A Rock in Every Snowball (1946); The Night the Old Nostalgia Burned Down (1953); Sullivan Bites News, with Sam Berman (1954); and Moose in the Hoose (1959).
His inability to understand that tens of thousands of people marched at the weekend because they love the NHS was typical of an Oval Office oaf who spread misleading racist videos to stir up hatred here.