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MEMORY. Understanding; a capacity to make contracts, a will, or to commit a crime, so far as intention is necessary.
     2. Memory is sometimes employed to express the capacity of the understanding, and sometimes its power; when we speak of a retentive memory, we use it in the former sense; when of a ready memory, in the latter. Shelf. on Lun. Intr. 29, 30.
     3. Memory, in another sense, is the reputation, good or bad, which a man leaves at his death. This memory, when good, is highly prized by the relations of the deceased, and it is therefore libelous to throw a shade over the memory of the dead, when the writing has a tendency to create a breach of the peace, by inciting the friends and relations of the deceased to avenge the insult offered to the family. 4 T. R. 126; 5 Co. R. 125; Hawk. b. 1, c. 73, s. 1.

MEMORY, TIME OF. According to the English common law, which has been altered by 2 & 3 Wm. IV., c. 71, the time of memory commenced from the reign of Richard the First, A. D. 1189. 2 Bl. Com. 31.
     2. But proof of a regular usage for twenty years, not explained or contradicted, is evidence upon which many public and private rights are held, and sufficient for a jury in finding the existence of an immemorial custom or prescription. 2 Saund. 175, a, d; Peake's Ev. 336; 2 Price's R. 450; 4 Price's R. 198.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Like many Sky Blues of my age, those early memories represented the zenith of my time supporting my club.
So the team turned to mice, animals that--like humans--harbor blank spots in their early memories. As mice age, the birthrate of neurons slows down.
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Entries are organized alphabetically and include photos, quotes, addresses, and information on the individual's birth, youth, early memories, education, first jobs, marriage and family, career, memorable experiences, hobbies, and honors and awards.
"My early memories of Alastair are that he was mature for his age and very balanced and considered.
But my joint study, published in 2011 in Child Development, traced early memories in the same children across a span of two years.
Pick of the day Reel History of Britain BBC2, 6.30pm Think back to early memories of seaside holidays, and you''ll probably bring to mind images of your mother battling to open out the deck chair, while the rest of the family watches on mockingly, before she inevitable traps her fingers.
Substantial literature links early memories to subsequent thoughts and attitudes.
The researchers explain this as early memories of young children being fragile and vulnerable to forgetting.

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