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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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This is done in thick (wet?) charcoal (potentially dateable) with a drawn white outline (Figure 4).
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Of the remaining bronze plaques, two are not dateable and two others have death dates of 1882 and 1919.
(19) Unfortunately, the absence of securely dateable material in the book, together with the owner's habit of returning repeatedly to the same themes, makes it impossible to be sure when exactly the Wealth of Nations was being consulted.
At 66 of the sampling points, the oldest dateable wood was from pines that had piths dating 1330-1360, indicating a major fire a few years earlier (38 of these points dated 1330-1340).
If the information is reasonably credible and dateable, it's good enough.
The references to historical or dateable events in the text are wildly inconsistent, some indicating a very late date, others pointing to a much earlier one.
He dates Buache's Considerations Geographiques throughout as 1752, although the work is very complicated and made up of several dateable parts, each with their own maps, which can be dated at least through 1753-4.
During each interview, we developed a biographical map and a detailed individual time line from the informant's recollections of dateable events (Ferguson and Messier, 1997).
2b (24 B.C.).(15) This squares with dateable facts and makes most sense of the literature, as--from one vantage point--I shall proceed to show.
Here, in a cemetery firmly dateable to the seventh century, the excavator himself was inclined to see the burial of plague victims.
Could his closeness to the divine have been lifelong, or dateable from his adoption as the revealing son?