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GRACE. That which a person is not entitled to by law, but which is extended to him as a favor; a pardon, for example, is an act of grace. There are- certain days allowed to a payer of a promissory note or bill of exchange, beyond the time which appears on its face, which are called days of grace. (q. v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A gracious Prince Comes to our house, and you must weary him With most misplaced assurance.
To-night is ripe for pleasure, and indeed, I would be merry as beseems a host Who finds a gracious and unlooked-for guest Waiting to greet him.
You are the gracious pillar of his house, The flower of a garden full of weeds.
My lord, of all the gracious courtesies That you have showered on my barren house This is the highest.
"As for the Patchwork Girl," resumed the Wizard, "she is so remarkable in appearance, and so clever and good tempered, that our Gracious Ruler intends to preserve her carefully, as one of the curiosities of the curious Land of Oz.
But when she was led in she ate nothing, and said: 'The gracious and merciful God who has supported me in the tower, will soon set me free.' She lived three days more, and then died happily, and when she was buried, the two white doves which had brought her food to the tower, and were angels of heaven, followed her body and seated themselves on her grave.
And must not that be a blameless study which he only can pursue who has the gift of a good memory, and is quick to learn,--noble, gracious, the friend of truth, justice, courage, temperance, who are his kindred?
'Oh my gracious!' said the young woman, 'I have found him!
Being gracious is being mindful of others in a situation at all times.
Maryam took to Twitter and expressed her gratitude to the son of the late former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, calling him a 'gracious host'.
Pastor Peter Omoit of Gracious Harvest Kingdom Church was elected new interim secretary and Renice Otere of Gracious Redeemed Ministry Kocholia as treasurer.
Little Shop of Papers has been a symbol of gracious living in Barrington for the past 30 years, with its upscale invitations, snack plates and other items.