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WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I give you my word of honor as the adult version of "cross my heart and hope to die." We are drawing ever closer to Ignaz Semmelweis, in case you're wondering what on earth happened to him.
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Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said they are banking on the word of honor of the leaders of the groups planning to stage rallies during the SONA that they would follow the rules for the sake of peaceful conduct of the rallies.
He noted that turncoatism should never be tolerated since it only distorts the concept of word of honor and dignity of a leader.'
You know world leaders they have a word of honor," Panelo said in Filipino.
I will not arrest him because [it's] word of honor,' he said.
| (With photos) BAGHDAD, June 1 (KUNA) -- Iraqi leaders met in Baghdad Saturday in an attempt to strike a "word of honor" agreement which make the constitution a source of solutions to all disputes, forbid killings and believe in national unity.
The credits that "Stopanska Banka", before the entry of Greek capital, had been giving "abundantly" for years, upon a "word of honor", without mortgage, were later forgiven and loaded on the citizens' shoulders on several occasions.
"The second rotations had taken the word of honor to finish the projects and expand what previous ROKBATT units had started," a statement by the battalion said.
Events include Friday 15, 7.30pm, Prescot parish church, opening night: Fairey brass band - music from stage and screen (pounds 7/pounds 6); Saturday, 16, 7pm Prescot parish church, Faure's Requiem followed at 8.15pm by COMA North West (contemporary music ensemble, featuring world premieres); Friday, 22, 7.30pm Prescot parish church, Friday Night Is Music Night, Knowsley Youth Orchestra & Wirral Winds; Saturday 23, 7.30pm Prescot Methodist Centre, Honor Blackman in Word of Honor (pounds 10).