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A political subdivision in old England.

Under the Saxons, each shire or county in England was divided into a number of hundreds, which were made up of ten tithings each. The tithings were groups of ten families of freeholders. The hundred was governed by a high constable and had its own local court called the Hundred Court. The most remarkable feature of the hundred was the collective responsibility of all the inhabitants for the crimes or defaults of any individual member.

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

HUNDRED, Eng. law. A district of country originally comprehending one hundred families. In many cases, when an offence is committed within the hundred, the inhabitants tire civilly responsible to the party injured.
     2. This rule was probably borrowed from the nations of German origin, where it was known. Montesq. Esp. des Lois, ]iv. 30, c. 17. It was established by Clotaire, among the Franks. 11 Toull. n. 237.
     3. To make the innocent pay for the guilty, seems to be contrary to the first principles of justice, and can be justified only by necessity. In some of the United States laws have been passed making cities or counties responsible for, the destruction of property by a mob. This can be justified only on the ground that it is the interest of every one that property should be protected, and that it is for the general good such laws should exist.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Constructively addressing these issues, and then leveraging success by betting to win, will allow a company's seeds to produce fruit "a hundredfold," but companies often miss the second step.
The business communities should act now to boost the heavily declined exports and hundredfold multiplication in unemployment rate.
Today, you could increase that figure about a hundredfold.
In All Seasons: Mea Shearim, Jerusalem Its name is derived from a verse in the weekly Torah portion that was read the week the settlement was founded: "Isaac sowed in that land, and in that year he reaped a hundredfold (Mea Shearim); God had blessed him" (Genesis 26:12).
In Arizona, the Brennan Center found that annual dark money spending increased nearly three hundredfold between 2006 and 2014; but in gray money, Massachusetts saw a much steeper increase than the Grand Canyon State.
At the same time, a handful of protostars brighten by a hundredfold or more in just a matter of decades before they settle back down.
Assisted by a couple of cardinals and a number of priests, the patriarch recited verses from the Gospels of Luke depicting crops sprouting out of the Good Earth in exactly the same way his flock of faithful harkens to tidings of Christ that germinate soon one hundredfold inside their good heart!
If there are fly tippers guilty of fly tipping at these recycling banks then that is a good thing and not a bad thing because at least the authorities will be aware of where to clean up rather than sending a lorry at taxpayers expense to places like the picnic area on the five mile lane each and every time they get a complaint from these areas (which will increase a hundredfold after the closure of recycling banks).
We've gone from nothing to nearly 400 employees in that time, which is a four hundredfold increase.
The Divine Milieu, alone, spiritual classic that it is, would reward them an hundredfold.
Looking at the red, blues and orange, With my own two eyes, A little envious of insects who see this, Hundredfold with their faceted eyes.
The expected growth from 2015 to 2025 in medical manpower is expected to increase hundredfold, he said.