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Understanding

A general term referring to an agreement, either express or implied, written or oral.

The term understanding is an ambiguous one; in order to determine whether a particular understanding would constitute a contract that is legally binding on the parties involved, the circumstances must be examined to discover whether a meeting of the minds and an intent to be bound occurred.

Cross-references

Meeting of Minds.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It is like having one's hair or cheek stroked, lovingly, understandingly, like a deep and silent farewell look.
In fact one could say that during the last 4 years, after the conclusion of the war against the LTTE, the 13th Amendment has been in the process of being implemented in stages and many provincial powers identified in the amendment have been devolved, although agreeably, and understandingly, the center did have an overriding influence and even control over some powers.
The priest deals understandingly with her adolescent "passion of misery" (267), and Rose leaves the confessional with "a sudden feeling of immense gratitude ...
25, 37 (1970) ("An individual accused of crime may voluntarily, knowingly, and understandingly consent to the imposition of a prison sentence even if he is unwilling or unable to admit his participation in the acts constituting the crime.").
The future makes ontologically possible an entity which is in such a way that it exists understandingly in its potentiality-for-Being.
Understandingly we are still in shock over the events that happened but we hope his passing has brought some light to others ...
He smiled understandingly--much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.
Understandingly, prayer is a first resort for members of the clergy and their congregations.
(explaining that "[a]n individual accused of crime may voluntarily, knowingly, and understandingly Consent to the imposition of a prison sentence even if he is unwilling or unable to admit his participation in the acts constituting the crime" and there is no "material difference between a plea that refuses to admit commission of the criminal act and a plea containing a protestation of innocence when ...
I would like to be able to write understandingly about both deserters and heroes, cowards and brave men, traitors and men who are not capable of being traitors.
(If you happen to find it challenging thinking this way, you could make up some possibly revealing "How come?" propositions.) A word of caution: Thinking, speaking and behaving differently following general semantics propositions require much courage and so could be very challenging: Such ways will generally be criticized, judged, ridiculed, etc., by many, understandingly locked into thinking in familiar and more acceptable ways--ways that the system general semantics was created to help us improve.