Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.

RELEGATION, civil law. Among the Romans relegation was a banishment to a certain place, and consequently was an interdiction of all places except the one designated.
     2. It differed from deportation. (q.v.) Relegation and deportation agree u these particulars: 1. Neither could be in a Roman city or province. 2. Neither caused the party punished to lose his liberty. Inst. 1,16, 2; Digest, 48, 22, 4; Code, 9, 47,26.
     3. Relegation and deportation differed in this. 1. Because deportation deprived of the right of citizenship, which was preserved notwithstanding the relegation. 2. Because deportation was always perpetual, and relegation was generally for a limited time. 3. Because deportation was always attended with confiscation of property, although not mentioned in the sentence; while a loss of property was not a consequence of relegation unless it was perpetual, or made a part of the sentence. Inst. 1, 12, 1 & 2; Dig. 48, 20, 7, 5; Id. 48, 22, 1 to 7; Code, 9, 47, 8.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
FOOTSIE BOOT Store unfashionable and set for relegation
Poyet said the objectives were simply to avoid relegation...
Kenya must now finish above Japan or Wales to avoid relegation.
"But my goal is to not be in this position fighting relegation every season.
The post Paphos safe from relegation as Paralmni and Doxa fight for survival appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
The former Bury player revealed that one reason why he is very determined to avoid relegation is that he's already endured relegation twice in his career and going down again will not look good on his CV.
SkyBet have the Terriers at 4/11 to drop into the Championship at the end of the season, with Burnley (1/2) and Fulham 8/15 rounding out the three favourites for relegation.
"Relegation certainly doesn't promote great rugby," he said.
Two quick second half goals from the lanky midfielder, Mmoloki Kebalepile and the stocky Zimbabwean substitute Kudzanai Machazani were enough to lift the Peleng giants from the muddy and crowded survival battle zone and put them beyond the relegation cut off point.
Al Shahania failed to beat the drop after losing a relegation play-off to Qatar SC.
EVERY first and second team game in the Vivio Cheshire County League was abandoned without a ball bowled on Saturday but, as with the MI Dental Liverpool Competition, a washout so near the end of the season helped resolve and clarify promotion and relegation issues.