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adj. referring to a particular purpose, person or happening. In law these include hearings, proceedings, administrator, master, orders and so forth.

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DAMAGES, SPECIAL, torts. Special damages are such as are in fact sustained, and are not implied by law; these are either superadded to general damages, arising from an act injurious in itself, as when some particular loss arises. from the uttering of slanderous words, actionable in themselves, or are such as arise from an act indifferent and not actionable in itself, but injurious only in its consequences, as when the words become actionable only by reason of special damage ensuing. To constitute special damage the legal and natural consequence must arise from the tort, and not be a mere wrongful act of a third person, or a remote consequence. 1 Camp. 58; Ham. N. P. 40; 1 Chit. Pl. 385, 6.

DAMAGES, SPECIAL, pleading. As distinguished from the gist of the action, signify that special damage which is stated to result from the gist; as, if a plaintiff in an action of trespass for breaking his close, entering his house, and tossing his goods about, were to state that by means of the damage done to his house, he was obliged to seek lodging elsewhere.
     2. Sometimes the special damage is said to constitute the gist of the action itself; for example, in an action wherein the plaintiff declares for slanderous words, which of themselves are not a sufficient ground or foundation for the suit, if any particular damage result to the plaintiff from the speaking of them, that damage is properly said to be the gist of the action.
     3. But whether special damage be the gist of the action, or only collateral to it, it must be particularly stated in the declaration, as the plaintiff will not otherwise be permitted to go into evidence of it at the trial, because the defendant cannot also be prepared to answer it. Willes, 23. See Gist.

PLEADING, SPECIAL. By special pleading is meant the allegation of special or new matter, as distinguished from a direct denial of matter previously alleged on the opposite side. Gould on Pl. c. 1, s. 18.

SPECIAL. That which relates to a particular species or kind, opposed to general; as special verdict and general verdict; special imparlance and general imparlance; special jury, or one selected for a particular case, and general jury; special issue and general issue, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I must clarify protection of fundamental rights of each and every citizen is the sacrosanct duty of the judiciary which has been conferred on by the Constitution.
Such an act would seem to make Israel's funding yet more sacrosanct (although it really already is sacrosanct).
The president of the south's autonomous regional government, Salva Kiir, has said the January 9 date is "sacrosanct" and has called on people not to lose the hard-fought opportunity to vote for independence.
I don't know how you would ever be able to move on from that, those two occasions being so sacrosanct.
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According to the sacrosanct one time last time' principle, the airline cannot receive state aid until 2011.
I think they are one of our most important allies in the region, and I think that their security is sacrosanct." He condemned anti-Israel and anti-Jewish tirades by Nation of Islam preacher Louis Farrakhan, who earlier this week gave the senator an unwelcome endorsement.
LIFE is a God-given gift and should be sacrosanct but in today's society it is held cheaply and taken without remorse.
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Staff should have at least one holiday that is sacrosanct. The one time we are together is Christmas - even if we can't stand each other.
There are just some things that are sacrosanct, and I believe funerals to be one of those things.
The NBA has kept its jerseys sacrosanct so far, staving off even the logo of Reebok, which provides all.