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TO HOLD. These words are now used in a deed to express by what tenure the grantee is to have the land. The clause which commences with these words is called the tenendum. Vide Habendum; Tenendum.
     2. To hold, also means to decide, to adjudge, to decree; as, the court in that case held that the husband was not liable for the contract of the wife, made without his express or implied authority.
     3. It also signifies to bind under a contract, as the obligor is held and firmly bound. In the constitution of the United States, it is provided, that no person held to service or labor in one state under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on the claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due. Art. 4, sec. 3, Sec. 3; 2 Serg. & R. 306; 3 Id. 4; 5 Id. 52; 1 Wash. C. C. R. 500; 2 Pick. 11; 16 Pet. 539, 674.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"The law," Ryn further observes, "once regarded as an attempt to transcend mere power politics, is perceived more and more by lawmakers and voters alike as an instrument of partisan ambition." Those who influence and dominate public opinion refuse to accept moral centrality and what Ryn calls "moral realism," choosing instead to promote "false or faulty definitions," as well as "abstract and distant solutions." Ryn's penetrating book helps us to discern utopian-ideological ideas that distract the person from making critical distinctions and holding fast to time-tested, time-honored definitions.
Programmers at Clear Channel Broadcasting are reviewing their May 2001 ratings from Nielsen Media Research, which show one of its affiliates holding fast among household share trends.
McDonald's is holding fast to plans to add about 1,500 new units this year, most outside the United States.
Outside, the white constructions of the snow, building at different speeds, falling from different heights, replaced the shapes of things with ghosts: her snow-covered hands holding fast to the fear that she was alone and without death would end up one of those women on the street who in weather sleeps in cars.
I'm going to edit barefoot here for a while, but I'll follow the trail he blazed, leaving a slightly different imprint, I'm sure, but holding fast to that progressive banner.