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DESPERATE. Of which there is no hope.
     2. This term is used frequently, in making an inventory of a decedent's effects, when a debt is considered so bad that there is no hope of recovering it. It is then called a desperate debt, and, if it be so returned, it will be prima facie, considered as desperate. See Toll. Ex. 248 2 Williams, Ex. 644; 1 Chit. Pr. 580. See Sperate.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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EUROPEAN Tour chiefs have announced a new strategy to tackle slow play for 2020 and I desperately hope it works.
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WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (KUNA) -- US President Donald Trump said Thursday that Iran is in "serious financial trouble" and that it "desperately" wants to talk to the US.
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'The least developed province desperately needs quality education, health, communication and infrastructure, whose provision is the prime responsibility of the current political leadership,' Yasinzai said while meeting with a National Party delegation led by former chief minister Dr Malik Baloch.
The South desperately wants Kim to give up his weapons and desperately wants to believe his claims he may do so.
"I'm optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation that will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperately -- America and the world so desperately need," Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week during his confirmation hearing.
The general public seem alienated and desperately poor.
ENGLAND wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow admitted he was "desperately disappointed" to not reach three figures with the bat as England put themselves on top against South Africa.
ISLAMABAD -- The Spokesman of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Thursday stated that right sizing is desperately needed in the airlines.