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Any action or conduct that can be turned into a statement of fact.

For example, displaying a car with an odometer reading of ten miles constitutes a representation to a prospective buyer that the car has only been driven ten miles.The term representation is used in reference to any express or implied statement made by one of the parties to a contract to another, regarding a particular fact or circumstance that serves to influence the consummation of the deal.

As applied to the law of Descent and Distribution, representation is the principle by which the issue of an individual who has died inherits the portion of an estate that such person would have taken if he or she had lived.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. 1) the act of being another's agent. 2) acting as an attorney for a client. 3) a statement of alleged fact either in negotiations or in court. (See: represent)

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1 a statement of fact. A representation should be distinguished from a statement of opinion for many legal purposes, especially in relation to contractual obligations.
2 in the law of succession, the concept by which issue of predeceasing issue of the deceased are entitled to take their deceased ancestor's share.
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REPRESENTATION, insurances. A representation is a collateral statement, either by writing not inserted in the policy, or by parol, of such facts or circumstances relative to the proposed adventure, as are necessary to be communicated to the underwriters, to enable them to form a just estimate of the risk.
     2. A representation, like a warranty, may be either affirmative, as where the insured avers the existence of some fact or circumstance which may affect the risk; or promissory, as where he engages the performance of, something executory.
     3. There is a material difference between a representation and a warranty.
     4. A warranty, being a condition upon which the contract is to take effect, is always a part of the written policy, and must appear on the face of it. Marsh. Ins. c. 9, Sec. 2. Whereas a representation is only a matter of collateral information or intelligence on the subject of the voyage insured, and makes no part of the policy. A warranty being in the nature of a condition precedent, must be strictly and literally complied with; but it is sufficient if the representation be true in substance, whether a warranty be material to the risk or not, the insured stakes his claim of indemnity upon the precise truth of it, if it be affirmative, or upon the exact performance of it, if executory; but it is sufficient if a representation be made without fraud, and be not false in any material point, or if it be substantially, though not literally, fulfilled. A false warranty avoids the policy, as being a breach of the condition upon which the contract is to take effect; and the insurer is not liable for any loss though it do not happen in consequence of the breach of the warranty; a false representation is no breach of the contract, but if material, avoids the policy on the ground of fraud, or at least because the insurer has been misled by it. Marsh. Insur. B. 1, c. 10, s. 1; Dougl. R. 247: 4 Bro. P. C. 482.
     See 2 Caines' R. 155; 1 Johns. Cas. 408; 2 Caines' Cas. 173, n.; 3 Johns. Cas. 47; 1 Caines' Rep. 288; 2 Caines' R. 22; Id. 329; Sugd. Vend. 6; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. and Concealment; Misrepresentation.

REPRESENTATION, Scotch law. The name of a plea or statement presented to a lord ordinary of the court of sessions, when his judgment is brought under review.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A representation scheme is fully conflicting, if and only if each pair of distinct representations has a conflicting bit.
Representations that consist of bit strings such that none is a proper preix of another are a special case of fully conflicting representation schemes.
The third case study of the book--online representation, with a specific focus on Facebook-- appears to be an addition to the manuscript, as the same rigorous methods and empirical analysis are missing from this section.
Quelles que soient les avancees theoriques et methodologiques impulsees par le modele de Moscovici (1961) et par les travaux relatifs a la structure et au fonctionnement des representations, le champ a longtemps ete domine par une approche focalisee sur leur autonomie, et, dans un grand nombre de cas, une telle question n'etait meme pas evoquee.
Rouquette (1994), considerant les choses sous un angle different, propose la situation suivante: << il existe au moins deux representations differentes d'un << meme >> objet social au meme moment dans une meme population, a la condition necessaire et suffisante qu'on puisse considerer celleci comme etant composee de plusieurs << groupes >> >> (p.177).
His aim, therefore, is to "examine a variety of strategies of narrative representation across a range of conventionally distinct narrative media while at the same time acknowledging both similarities and differences in the ways these media narrate" (31).
The present study examined the effects of the use of computer based visual representations in the learning of arithmetic operation on integers on learning performance and cognitive load.
Durkheim analyzes the necessity of developing two types of psychology (individual and social) and, respectively, the opportunity of a clear-cut distinction between two types (individual and collective) of representations. In his opinion, individual representations should be studied by individual psychology, while the collective representations--by social psychology.
"Quite to our surprise, and probably to the surprise of the broader dyslexia field, we found that the phonetic representations are perfectly intact in adults with dyslexia," Boets told reporters.
2) All the members, P of C are such that representations in S can determinately represent their objects as being P.

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