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To complete; to make; to sign; to perform; to do; to carry out according to its terms; to fulfill the command or purpose of. To perform all necessary formalities, as to make and sign a contract, or sign and deliver a note.

Execute is the opposite of executory, incomplete or yet to be performed.

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


v. 1) to finish, complete, or perform as required, as in fulfilling one's obligations under a contract or a court order. 2) to sign and otherwise complete a document, such as acknowledging the signature if required to make the document valid. 3) to seize property under court order. 4) to put to death pursuant to a sentence rendered by a court. (See: contract, capital punishment, executed, execution)

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TO EXECUTE. To make, to perform, to do, to follow out. This term is frequently used in the law; as, to execute a deed is to make a deed.
     2. It also signifies to perform, as to execute a contract; hence some contracts are called executed contracts, and others are called executory contracts.
     3. To execute also means to put to death by virtue of a lawful sentence; as, the sheriff executed the convict.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This is clear when the Court declared in Arnado that there is no law prohibiting Arnado from executing an affidavit of renunciation every election period if only to avert possible questions about his qualification.
Although punishment inflicted on runaway slaves was particularly harsh, it is not surprising to find that Espy's death penalty index lists only one slave execution for aiding runaway slaves - executing a runaway slave would deprive the owner of a slave's labor.
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Al-Ma'amouri noted that the ISIL is trying to compensate for its recent defeats against the Iraqi forces by executing its own commanders who have lost the ground to the government troops.
They started executing innocent civilians with the excuse of illegal relations or doing magic.
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terrorism, human-trafficking, murder, etc.) the executing state cannot refuse to execute the warrant on the grounds that it does not classify the act in question as a crime.
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Over the centuries, the church has repeatedly affirmed the state's right and duty to protect the common good by punishing and executing felons.
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Think about what's involved in executing any athletic technique: Power is applied through a movement path, often repetitively, and must be controlled.