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Lacking something essential to fulfillment or completeness; unrestricted or open. A space left empty for the insertion of one or more words or marks in a written document that will effectuate its meaning or make it legally operative. A printed legal form in which the standard or necessary words are printed in their proper order with spaces left open, to be filled with names, dates, figures, and additional clauses.

A blank check is one that is unrestricted as to the amount to be paid.


(Emptiness), noun absence, barrenness, cipher, hiatus, hollowness, inexistence, insubstantiality, nil, nonexistence, nonsubsistence, nonentity, nothing, nothingness, nullity, tabula rasa, unsubstantiality, vacancy, vacuousness, vacuum, vacuus, void, zero
Associated concepts: blank acceptance, blank bond, blank check, blank endorsement, blank instrument, blank verdict, endorsement in blank, signed in blank


(Form), noun data sheet, document, dossier, legal document, paper, questionnaire
See also: bleak, devoid, document, empty, form, inexpressive, inscrutable, nonentity, oblivious, thoughtless, vacant, vacuous, void

BLANK. A space left in writing to be filled, up with one or more words, in order to make sense. 1. In what cases the ambiguity occasioned by blanks not filled before execution of the writing may be explained 2. in what cases it cannot be explained.
     2. - 1. When a blank is left in a written agreement which need not - have been reduced to writing, and would have been equally binding whether written or unwritten, it is presumed, in an action for the non-performance of the contract, parol evidence might be admitted to explain the blank. And where a written instrument, which was made professedly to record a fact, is produced as evidence of that fact which it purports to record, and a blank appears in a material part, the omission may be supplied by other proof. 1 Phil. Ev. 475 1 Wils. 215; 7 Verm. R. 522; 6 Verm. R. 411. Hence a blank left in an award for a name, was allowed to be supplied by parol proof. 2 Dall. 180. But where a creditor signs a deed of composition leaving the amount of his debt in blank, he binds himself to all existing debts. 1 B. & A. 101; S. C. 2 Stark. R. 195.
     3. - 2. If a blank is left in a policy of insurance for the name of the place of destination of a ship, it will avoid the policy. Molloy, b. 2, c. 7, s. 14; Park, Ins. 22; Wesk. Ins. 42. A paper signed and sealed in blank, with verbal authority to. fill it up, which is afterwards done, is void, unless afterwards delivered or acknowledged and adopted. 1 Yerg. 69, 149; 1 Hill, 267 2 N. & M. 125; 2 Brock. 64; 2 Dev. 379 1 Ham. 368; 6 Gill & John. 250; but see contra, 17 S. & R. 438. Lines ought to be drawn wherever there are blanks, to prevent anything from being inserted afterwards. 2 Valin's Comm. 151.
     4. When the filling up blanks after the execution of deeds and other writings will vitiate them or not, see 3 Vin. Abr. 268; Moore, 547; Cro. Eliz. 626; 1 Vent. 185; 2 Lev. 35; 2 Ch. R. 187; 1 Anst. 228; 5 Mass. 538; 4 Binn. 1; 9 Crancb, 28; Yelv. 96; 2 Show. 161; 1 Saund. Pl. & Ev. 77; 4 B. & A. 672; Com. Dig. Fait, F 1; 4 @Bing. 123; 2 Hill. Ab. c. 25, Sec. 80; n. 33, Sec. 54-and 72; 1 Ohio, R. 368; 4 Binn. R. 1; 6 Cowen, 118; Wright, 176.

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Hence, the best explosive charge of the blank cartridge is 1 g of nitrocotton, with which the firing power is under control, and the full-thickness urethral damage can be made.
Tests showed the gun was capable of firing blank cartridges and also irritants such as tear gas.
Acting on the suspect's statement, the ystanbul Police Department's counterterrorism unit seized three-and-a-half kilograms of C4 plastic explosives, two blank firing guns, 31 blank cartridges and organizational documents in the house of H.
Mr Adamson, an officer in the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), was fatally wounded when he was hit with a live bullet on the firing range in Letterbreen during a battlefield simulation which was supposed to involve only blank cartridges.
The 30-year-old father of four, from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, was shot during an exercise that was supposed to involve blank cartridges.
Yesterday the 29-year- old of High Street,Connah's Quay, admitted attempting to illegally possess the Kumar MOD92 9mmblank firing automatic pistol and a screw or flare firing attachment with 50 Umarex blank cartridges.
He admitted possessing a variety of chemicals, bullets, ball bearings, and a revolver filled with blank cartridges, telling detectives he wanted 'to defend himself, the people, and the police'.
Lot 1: 200 000 cartridges with police police bullet, caliber 9 mm x 19, pollution reduced, lead-free; Lot 2: 2 900 000 blank cartridges with practice round, caliber 9 mm x 19, pollution reduced, lead-free; Lot 3: 250 000 Frangible cartridge, caliber 9 mm x 19, bullet weight 6.
A search of the area was later carried out and blank cartridges were recovered from the area.
The suspicion that Tranmere were firing blank cartridges was beginning to rise when Hume exploded a live round into the Barnsley net just after the hour mark.
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Mr Webb said police later went to the defendant's home where they recovered a starting pistol loaded with blank cartridges.