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ESPOUSALS, contracts. A mutual promise between a man and a woman to marry each other, at some other time: it differs from a marriage, because then the contract is completed. Wood's Inst. 57; vide Dig. 23, 1, 1; Code, 5, 1, 4; Novel, 115, c. 3, s. 11; Ayliffe's Parerg. 245 Aso & Man. Inst. B. 1, t. 6, c. 1, Sec. 1.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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However, President Ashraf Ghani's public espousal of the proposition at the 2nd Kabul Process Conference, attended by representatives from more than 20 countries and international organisations, recognizes the need for a partisan solution to the war that has ravaged Afghanistan.
She hailed the Grand Imam's efforts to inculcate peace and tolerance at his missions overseas during which, she said, he attends conferences and seminars advocating concepts of citizenship and tolerance, in addition to his firm espousal for the Islamic nation's national causes and sacred sites.
"The mission has expressed full satisfaction concerning Lebanon's adoption of a plan to combat corruption and its espousal of a partnership law between the public and private sectors, in addition to the need to approve the budget and to work on mitigating expenses," Aoun said, relaying as well the IMF's admiration of "Lebanon's wise economic policy management." President Aoun also briefed ministers on the outcome of his meeting with the tourism sector.
As ever, Leon Botstein conducted as if the fate of opera were hanging on his espousal of this particular, marginal score--it wasn't, but the effect undeniably filled the ear.
Zamir Akram noted that threats were growing in the region due to large scale acquisition of military hardware by India, its public rejection of the policy of No-First Use of nuclear weapons, determination to carry out disarming strikes against Pakistan, and its espousal of dangerous and destabilizing doctrines like the Cold Start Doctrine.
From its use of the traditional black color scheme on banners and attire, which was adopted during the Abbasid era, to its espousal of the tradition of bay'ah, which signifies allegiance to an individual as the caliph, ISIL appears to use the concept of a caliphate to justify some of its barbaric and violent actions.
Runciman's inadvertent espousal of dialectics in the epilogue to The Confidence Trap contradicts his implicit adoption of a cyclical view of history, the pervasive deja vu in time of crisis.
What is more disturbing is that such unabashed espousal of violent activities has been justified by constitutional authorities.
The OIC countries appreciated Pakistan's vigorous espousal of OIC positions on the issue, she added.
It was not so much for its experience as victim of the world's strongest storm ever to hit land - Yolanda in 2013 - that the Philippines drew attention at the ongoing United Nations (UN) climate talks in Paris, France, as for its espousal with 35 other countries of an initiative to promote geothermal energy in developing countries.
San Francisco, CA, June 06, 2015 --( The global optoelectronics market is expected to gain sizeable recognition with heaving espousal of optoelectronic paraphernalia in the consumer electronic goods segment such as in flexible and flat television display panels, Xerox machines, smart phones, CD-DVD & Blue - ray storage technologies, and sophisticated cameras.
Known for his espousal of Hindu nationalism, Malviya, an educationist, was behind the establishment of the Banaras Hindu University and was also the initial founders of right-wing organisation, Hindu Mahasabha.