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DATE. The designation or indication in an instrument of writing, of the time, and usually of the time and place, when and where it was made. When the place is mentioned in the date of a deed, the law intends, unless the contrary appears, that it was executed at the place of the date. Plowd. 7 b., 31 H. VI. This word is derived from the Latin datum, because when deeds and agreements were written in that language, immediately before the day, month and year in which they were made, was set down, it was usual to put the word datum, given.
     2. All writings ought to bear a date, and in some it is indispensable in order to make them valid, as in policies of insurance; but the date in these instruments is not inserted in the body of the writing because as each subscription makes a separate contract, each underwriter sets down the day, month and year he makes his subscription. Marsh. Ins. 336.
     3. Deeds, and other writings, when the date is an impossible one, take effect from the time of deliver; the presumption of law is, that the deed was dated on the day it bears date, unless, as just mentioned, the time is impossible; for example, the 32d day of January.
     4. The proper way of dating, is to put the day, month, and year of our Lord; the hour need not be mentioned, unless specially required; an instance of which may be taken from the Pennsylvania Act of the 16th June, 1836, sect. 40, which requires the sheriff, on receiving a writ of fieri facias, or other writ of execution, to endorse thereon the day of the month, the year, and the hour of the day whereon he received the same.
     5. In public documents, it is usual to give not only the day, the month, and the year of our Lord, but also the year of the United States, when issued by authority of the general government; or of the commonwealth, when issued under its authority. Vide, generally, Bac. Ab. Obligations, C; Com. Dig, Fait, B 3; Cruise, Dig. tit, 32, c. 20, s. 1-6; 1 Burr. 60; 2 Rol. Ab. 27, 1. 22; 13 Vin. Ab. 34; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t. See Almanac.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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If we assume that human behaviours relating to discard of datable remains constant over time, then the change in the amount of the datable materials over time can be described by the equation
As this method directly dates the formation of the crust itself and does not rely on fortuitous incorporation of datable carbon or be subject to the vagaries of carbon mobility in the environment, it would appear to be advantageous both from the perspective of general applicability and also from that of more reliable association of the date with the event we are attempting to date.
The earliest known datable rock outcrop in the county lies on the north- east side of the large quarries on the west of Nuneaton.
"The most datable artifact was a corroded brass bell," says Lawrence.
There are no references to the death of Prince Arthur in 1501 or of the queen in 1503; the latest datable materials in the manuscript, then, are from the 1490s.(3)
The contribution of redactors in north and south is relatively small, and only the Judaean additions are clearly identifiable, the majority of them being datable to the seventh century.
This is in fact corroborated by the many copies of those works made by his pupils, some of them dated or datable. Thus H.
As many of the precious metal objects known up to then had not come from a datable context, this had to be one of the core finds for material of this kind.
Johannes' satirical poem in 4,361 hexameters is securely datable to 1184, when its dedicatee, Walter of Coutances, at that time bishop of Lincoln, was about to be consecrated as archbishop of Rouen.
A more sophisticated Integrated-Transactional Datable includes product, advertising, transaction and financial files.
In any case, the earliest mention of the cult is in a context datable to 146 B.C.
For, unlike early Irish legal codes, which are their nearest Celtic counterparts, the Welsh texts are securely datable. While Welsh laws are claimed to have been recorded under the authority of the tenth-century king, Hywel Dda, they were actually written between about 1175 and 1300, although they may reflect earlier customs.