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Financial assistance provided to the indigent by the government. The redress, or benefit, given by a court to an individual who brings a legal action.

The relief sought in a lawsuit might, for example, be the return of property wrongfully taken by another, compensation for an injury in the form of damages, or enforcement of a contract.

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n. generic term for all types of benefits which an order or judgment of court can give a party to a lawsuit, including money award, injunction, return of property, property title, alimony, and dozens of other possibilities. (See: judgment)

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1 an allowance from total income for income tax purposes.
2 the obligation to redress the unjust enrichment gained by A when B pays a decree under which A was also jointly or proportionately liable. In the UK there is statutory provision for relief in very many cases.
3 the opportunity to avoid the forfeiture of a lease. Forfeiture of a lease may follow upon a breach by a tenant of a fundamental term (the procedure is contained in the Law of Property Act 1925); relief maybe available if the default is capable of being remedied and the tenant is willing to remedy it (e.g. payment of arrears of rent due). For Scotland, see IRRITANCY.
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RELIEF, Eng. law. A relief was an incident to every feudal tenure, by way of fine or composition with the lord for taking up the estate which was lapsed or fallen in by the death of the last tenant. At one time the amount was arbitrary; but afterwards the relief of a knight's fee became fixed at one hundred shillings. 2 Bl. Com. 65.

RELIEF, practice. That assistance which a court of chancery will lend to a party to annul a contract tinctured with fraud, or where there has been a mistake or accident; courts of equity grant relief to all parties in cases where they have rights, ex aequo et bono, and modify and fashion that relief according to circumstances.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(22) The misreading of the date of Lady Anson's letter enclosing Thomas Seward's 'Ode on an Emblematical Basso Relievo after a famous Picture of Nicolas Poussin ...' as 1758 instead of 1756 has resulted in several errors, including the misdating of the origin of the partnership as 1759.
By December 1881, the translation of the original design into relief was under way, with Boehm complaining that 'It is a desperately difficult thing all these lances & suggested warriors.' However, he admired Burne-Jones's design for being 'divided into the space so ingeniously and with such a feeling for the right Relievo laws, that I have no doubt of a good result ...
They're richly illustrated by museum pieces ranging from graven images (retablos, relievos) to instruments of empire (religious books, census records, cross and sword).
The museum has partnered up with Fujifilm to create the replicas, called Relievos, with the help of a complex technology, known as Reliefography, that it has taken more than 7 years to develop and only three a day can be made.
27, 35), A "first draft" of this passage is cited from his unpublished field narrative by one of Stein's biographers: "The first day took me up to the foot of the Mora Pass where diggings done for Deane in 1897 brought to light a mass of fine Buddhist relievos brought to safety in the Calcutta Museum.