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Property received from a decedent, either by will or through state laws of intestate succession, where the decedent has failed to execute a valid will.

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


n. whatever one receives upon the death of a relative due to the laws of descent and distribution, when there is no will. However, inheritance has come to mean anything received from the estate of a person who has died, whether by the laws of descent or as a beneficiary of a will or trust. (See: inherit, heir, heiress, descent and distribution, intestacy, intestate succession, will)

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1 hereditary succession to an estate or title.
2 the right of an heir to succeed to property on the death of an ancestor.
3 something that may legally be transmitted to an heir.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

INHERITANCE, estates. A perpetuity in lands to a man and his heirs; or it is the right to succeed to the estate of a person who died intestate. Dig. 50, 16, 24. The term is applied to lands.
     2. The property which is inherited is called an inheritance.
     3. The term inheritance includes not only lands and tenements which have been acquired by descent, but also every fee simple or fee tail, which a person has acquired by purchase, may be said to be an inheritance, because the purchaser's heirs may inherit it. Litt. s. 9.
     4. Estates of inheritance are divided into inheritance absolute, or fee simple; and inheritance limited, one species of which is called fee tail. They are also divided into corporeal, as houses and lands and incorporeal, commonly called incorporeal hereditaments. (q. v.) 1 Cruise, Dig. 68; Sw. 163; Poth. des Retraits, n. 2 8.
     5. Among the civilians, by inheritance is understood the succession to all the rights of the deceased. It is of two kinds, 1 . That which arises by testament, when the testator gives his succession to a particular person; and, 2. That which arises by operation of law, which is called succession ab intestat. Hein. Lec. El. Sec. 484, 485.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This was due to the reason that the targeted postoperative refractive error was slightly myopic in the dominant eyes and more myopic in the nondominant eye (due to micromonovision); hence, when corrected for distance, an expected deterioration in near and intermediate visual acuities was observed as the intended effect of micromonovision was eliminated by correcting the targeted residual refractive error that results in greater functional intermediate and near vision.
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He or she should then be able to see your dominant eye staring through the tube.
The first activity can identify which is their more dominant eye. Have them first look at the X with both eyes open.
Eighteen of the 43 pleaded ignorance regarding dominant eye, 10 could not tell which eye they sighted with, and one pleaded ignorance on the telescope item and another on the keyhole item.
Usually, one of the eyes predominates, and most of the visual information in a stereo view is from the dominant eye. All of the scopes evaluated provided true stereo vision by allowing observation through two separate objectives.
Broadly speaking, the dominant eye is targeted for emmetropia with the non-dominant eye being targeted for varying levels of myopia depending on the accommodative capacity and needs of the individual patient.
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If your arrows are consistently hitting left or right, you first need to make sure your arrow is sitting directly in line with your dominant eye. Canting the bow can help bring the arrow in line with your eye.
If your non-dominant eye is non-functional, no big deal, but when your dominant eye fades to black, you could have a problem.
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