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to assume the identity of another person with intent to deceive.
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TO PERSONATE, crim. law. The act of assuming the character of another without lawful authority, and, in such character, doing something to his prejudice, or to the prejudice of another, without his will or consent.
     2. The bare fact of personating another for the purpose of fraud, is no more than a cheat or misdemeanor at common law, and punishable as such. 2 East, P. C. 1010; 2 Russ. on Cr. 479.
     3. By the act of congress of the 30th April, 1790, s. 15, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 86, it is enacted, that "if any person shall acknowledge, or procure to be acknowledged in any court of the United States, any recognizance, bail or judgment, in the name or names of any other person or persons not privy or consenting to the same, every such person or persons, on conviction thereof, shall be fined not exceeding five thousand dollars, or be imprisoned not exceeding seven years, and whipped not exceeding thirty-nine stripes, Provided nevertheless. that this act shall not extend to the acknowledgment of any judgment or judgments by any attorney or attorneys, duly admitted, for any person or persons against whom any such judgment or judgments shall be bad or given." Vide, generally, 2 John. Cas. 293; 16 Vin. Ab. 336; Com. Dig. Action on the case for a deceit, A 3.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(56) The Admiral's Men had ultimately profited from the Swan's demise, and Dekker's Shoemaker's Holiday seems also to personate important aspects of this conflict through its many allusions to the French wars which form the backdrop to its storyline.
The distinctly theatrical subtexts of Lacy's storyline seem to personate a valued actor or playwright's intimate (and perhaps turbulent) relationship with the Rose playhouse.
?Que factores personates, de interaction academica, ambiental y social motivaron al estudiante a darse de baja o permanecer en los cursos a distancia?; ?que otros factores inciden en la decision del estudiante para mantenerse o abandonar los cursos a?; y ?como contribuyen la interaction profesor-alumno y alumno-alumno con la permanencia o abandono del estudiante en los cursos a distancia?
Asi tambien se hizo un analisis de regresion para determinar los factores principales que inciden en cada una de las variables, entiendase, personates o de trasfondo, de interaction academica, de interaction ambiental y de interaction social.
La pregunta de investigation #1 fue, ?que factores personates, de interaction academica, ambiental y social motivaron al estudiante a darse de baja o permanecer en los cursos a distancia?
Basado en los resultados obtenidos de las variables personates o de trasfondo, las relacionadas al genero, edad, estado civil, ingreso anual, promedio de escuela superior y la escuela superior de la cual proviene el estudiante, en terminos estadisticos no inciden en la decision del estudiante para permanecer o abandonar un curso a distancia.
De los resultados relacionados a las variables personates se puede interpretar como razones de permanencia en los cursos, que una cantidad considerable de la muestra, en este caso un 39%, son residentes en los Estados Unidos y el extranjero.
Otros datos relacionados a las variables personates y de trasfondo que se destacan es la participation de un (70%) de feminas, versus un 30% de varones.
"Personate" is recorded in a more general sense of "disguising, embodying, or standing for" from a few years earlier.
|To cause to personate; to put forward in a feigned character', the first of these being pioneered by Swift's usage in Argument against the Abolition of Christianity (1708): |Instructions to personate themselves members of the several prevailing Sects' (Prose Works, ii.37).
Johnson also initiates the distinction, retained in the OED, between the impersonation of people (1 and 3) and of character traits (4), exemplifying the former with an excerpt from Swift that also occurs in OED: |instruction to personate themselves members of the several sects amongst us'.