IBIDEM. This word is used in references, when it is intended to say
that a thing is to be found in the same place, or that the reference has for its
object the same thing, case, or other matter. IOU, contracts. The memorandum
IOU, (I owe you), given by merchants to each other, is a mere evidence of the
debt, and does not amount to a promissory note. Esp. Cas. N. A. 426; 4 Carr.
& Payne, 324; 19 Eng. Com. L. Rep. 405; 1 Man. & Gran. 46; 39 E. C. L.
R. 346; 1 Campb. 499; 1 Esp. R. 426; 1 Man. Gr. & So. 543; Dowl. & R. N.
P. Cas. 8.
ICTUS ORBIS, med. jurisp. A maim, a bruise, or swelling; any hurt
without cutting the skin. When the skin is cut, the injury is called a wound.
(q. v.) Bract. lib. 2, tr. 2, c. 5 and 24.
2. Ictus is often used by medical authors in the sense of percussus. It is
applied to the pulsation of the arteries, to any external lesion of the body
produced by violence also to the wound inflicted by a scorpion or venomous
reptile. Orbis is used in the sense of circlo, circuit, rotundity. It is applied
also to the eye balls. Oculi dicuntur orbes. Castelli Lexicon Medicum.
IDEM SONANS. Sounding the same.
2. In pleadings, when a name which it is material to state, is wrongly
spelled, yet if it be idem sonans with that proved, it is sufficient, as Segrave
for Seagrave, 2 Str. R. 889; Keen for Keene, Thach. Cr. Cas. 67; Deadema for
Diadema, 2 Ired. 346; Hutson for Hudson, 7 Miss. R. 142; Coonrad for Conrad, 8
Miss. R. 291. See 5 Pike, 72; 6 Ala. R. 679; vide also Russ. & Ry. 412; 2
Taunt. R. 401, In the following cases the variances there mentioned were
declared to be fatal. Russ. & Ry. 351; 10 East, R. 83; 5 Taunt. R. 14; 1
Baldw. R. 83; 2 Crom. & M. 189; 6 Price, R. 2; 1 Chit. R. 659; 13 E. C. L.
R. 194. See, generally, 8 Chit. Pr. 231, 2; 4 T. R. 611; 3 B. & P. 559; 1
Stark. R. 47; 2 Stark. R. 29; 3 Camp. R. 29; 6 M. & S. 45; 2 N. H. Rep. 557;
7 S. & R. 479; 3 Caines, 219; 1 Wash. C. C. R. 285; 4 Cowen, 148 and the
IDENTITATE NOMINIS, Engl. law. The name of a writ which lies for a
person taken upon a capias or exigent and committed to prison, for another man
of the same name; this writ directs the sheriff to inquire whether he be the
same person against whom the action was brought, and if not, then to discharge
him. F. N. B. 267. In practice, a party in this condition would be relieved by
IDENTITY, evidence. Sameness.
2. It is frequently necessary to identify persons and things. In criminal
prosecutions, and in actions for torts and on contracts, it is required to be
proved that the defendants have in criminal actions, and for injuries, been
guilty of the crime or injury charged; and in an action on a contract, that the
defendant was a party to it. Sometimes, too, a party who has been absent, and
who appears to claim an inheritance, must prove his identity and, not
unfrequently, the body of a person which has been found dead must be identified:
cases occur when the body is much disfigured, and, at other times, there is
nothing left but the skeleton. Cases of considerable difficulty arise, in
consequence of the omission to take particular notice; 2 Stark. Car. 239 Ryan's
Med. Jur. 301; and in consequence of the great resemblance of two persons. 1
Hall's Am. Law Journ. 70; 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 509; 1 Paris, Med. Jur, 222; 3 Id.
143; Trail. Med. Jur. 33; Foderę, Med. Leg. ch. 2, tome 1, p. 78-139.
3. In cases of larceny, trover, replevin, and the like, the things in dispute
must always be identified. Vide 4 Bl. Com. 396.
4. M. Briand, in his Manuel Complet de Mędicine Lęgale, 4eme partie, ch. 1,
gives rules for the discovery of particular marks, which an individual may have
had, and also the true color of the hair, although it may have been artificially
colored. He also gives some rules for the purpose of discovering, from the
appearance of a skeleton, the sex, the age, and the height of the person when
living, which he illustrates by various examples. See, generally, 6 C. & P
677; 1 C. & M. 730; 3 Tyr. 806; Shelf. on Mar. & Div. 226; 1 Hagg. Cons.
R. 189; Best on Pres. Appx. case 4; Wills on Circums. Ev. 143, et seq.
IDES, NONES and CALENDS, civil law. This mode of computing time,
formerly in use among the Romans, is yet used in several chanceries in, Europe,
particularly in that of the pope. Many ancient instruments bear these dates; it
is therefore proper to notice them here. These three words designate all the
days of the month.
2. The calends were the first day of every month, and were known by adding
the names of the months; as calendis januarii, calendis februarii, for the first
days of the months of January and February. They designated the following days
by those before the nones. The fifth day of each month, except those of March,
May, July, and October; in those four months the nones indicated the seventh
day; nonis martii, was therefore the seventh day of March, and so of the rest.
In those months in which the nones indicated the fifth day, the second was
called quarto nonas or 4 nonas, that is to say, quarto die ante nonas, the
fourth day before the nones. The words die and ante, being understood, were
usually suppressed. The third day of each of those eight months was called
tertio, or 3 nonas. The fourth, was pridie or 2 nonas; and the fifth was nonas.
In the months of March, May, July and October, the second day of the months was
called sexto or 6 nonas; the third, quinto, or 5 nonas; the fourth, quarto, or 4
nonas; the fifth, tertio, or 3 nonas; the sixth, pridie, usually abridged prid.
or pr. or 2 nonas; and the seventh, nones. The word nonae is so applied, it is
said, because it indicates the ninth day before the ides of each month.
3. In the months of March, May, July and October, the fifteenth day of the
months was the Ides. These are the four mouths, as above mentioned, in which the
nones were on the seventh day. In the other eight months of the year the nones
were the fifth of the month, and the ides the thirteenth in each of them the
ides indicated the ninth day after the nones. The seven days between the nones
and the ides, which we count 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, in March, May, July
and October, the Romans counted octave, or 8 idus; septimo, or 7 idus; sexto, or
6 idus; quinto, or 5 idus; quarto, or 4 idus; tertio, or 3 idus; pridie, or 2,
idus; the word ante being understood as mentioned above. As to the other eight
mouths of the year, in which the nones indicated the fifth day of the month,
instead of our 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, the Romans counted octavo idus,
septimo, &c. The word is said to be derived from the Tuscan, iduare, in
Latin dividere, to divide, because the day of ides divided the month into equal
parts. The days from the ides to the end of the month were computed as follows;
for example, the fourteenth day of January, which was the next day after the
ides, was called decimo nono, or 19 kalendas, or ante kalendas febrarii; the
fifteenth, decimo octavo, or 18 kalindas februarii, and so of the rest. Counting
in a, retrograde manner to pridie or 2 kalendas februarii, which was the
thirty-first day of January.
4. As in some months the ides indicate the thirteenth, and in some the
fifteenth of the month, and as the months have not an equal number of days, it
follows that the decimo nono or 19 kalendas did not always happen to be the next
day after the Ides, this was the case only in the months of January, August and
December. Decimo sexto or the 16th in Fedruary; decimo septimo or 17, March,
May, July and October; decimo octave or 18, in April, June, September, and
November. Merlin, Rępertoire de Jurisprudence, mots Ides, Nones et Calendes.
* If February is bissextile, Sexto Calencas (6 Cal.) it is counted
twice, viz: for the 24th and 25th of the month, Hence the word bis-sextile.
IDIOCY, med. jur. That condition of mind, in which the reflective, or
all or a part of the affective powers, are either entirely wanting, or are
manifested to the least possible extent.
2. Idiocy generally depends upon organic defects. The most striking physical
trait, and one seldom wanting, is the diminutive size of the head, particularly
of the anterior superior portions, indicating a deficiency of the anterior lobes
of the brain. According to Gall, whose observations on this subject are entitled
to great consideration, its circumference, measured immediately over the orbiter
arch, and the most prominent part of the occipital bone, is between 11• and 14•
inches. Gall, sur les Fonctions, p. 329. In the intelligent adult, it usually
measures from 21 to 22 inches. Chit. Med. Jur. 248. See, ou this subject, the
learned work of Dr. Morton, of Philadelphia*, entitled Crania Americana. The
brain of an idiot equals that of a new born infant; that is, about one-fourth,
one-fifth, or one-sixth of the cerebral mass of an adult's in the enjoyment of
his faculties. The above is the only constant character. observed in the heads
of idiots. In other respects their forms are as various as those of other
persons. When idiocy supervenes in early infancy, the head is sometime
remarkable for immense size. This unnatural enlargement arises from some kind of
morbid action preventing the development of the cerebral mass, and producing
serous cysts, dropsical effusions, and the like.
3. In idiocy the features are irregular; the forehead low, retreating, and
narrowed to a point; the eyes are unsteady, and often squint the lips are.
thick, and the mouth is generally open; the gums are spongy, and the teeth are
defective; the limbs are crooked and feeble. The senses are usually entirely
wanting; many are deaf and dumb, or blind and others are incapable of perceiving
odors, and show little or no discrimination in their food for want of taste.
Their movements are constrained and awkward, they walk badly, and easily fall,
and are not less awkward with their hands, dropping generally what is given to
them. They are seldom able to articulate beyond a few sounds. They are generally
affected with rickets, epilepsy, scrofula, or paralysis. Its subjects seldom
live beyond the twenty-fifth year, and are incurable, as there is natural
deformity which cannot be remedied. Vide Chit. Med. Jur. 345; Ray's Med. Jur. c.
2; 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 571 Shelf. on Lun. Index, h. t.; and Idiot.
IDIOT, Persons. A person who has been without understanding from his
nativity, and whom the law, therefore, presumes never likely to attain any.
Shelf. on Lun. 2.
2. It is an imbecility or sterility of mind, and not a perversion of the
understanding. Chit. Med. Jur. 345, 327, note s; 1 Russ. on Cr. 6; Bac. Ab. h.
t. A; Bro. Ab. h. t.; Co. Litt. 246, 247; 3 Mod. 44; 1 Vern. 16; 4 Rep. 126; 1
Bl. Com. 302. When a man cannot count or number twenty, nor tell his father's or
mother's name, nor how old he is, having been frequently told of it, it is a
fair presumption that, he is devoid of understanding. F. N. B. 233. Vide 1 Dow,
P. C. now series, 392; S. C. 3 Bligh, R. new series, 1. Persons born deaf, dumb,
and blind, are, presumed to be idiots, for the senses being the only inlets of
knowledge, and these, the most important of them, being closed, all ideas and
associations belonging to them are totally excluded from their minds. Co. Litt.
42 Shelf. on Lun. 3. But this is a mere presumption, which, like most others,
may be rebutted; and doubtless a person born deaf, dumb, and blind, who could be
taught to read and write, would not be considered an idiot. A remarkable
instance of such an one may be found in the person of Laura Bridgman, who has
been taught how to converse and even to write. This young woman was, in the year
1848, at school at South Boston. Vide Locke on Human Understanding, B. 2 c. 11,
12, 13; Ayliffe's Pand. 234; 4 Com. Dig. 610; 8 Com. Dig. 644.
3. Idiots are incapable of committing crimes, or entering into contracts.
They cannot of course make a will; but they may acquire property by descent.
Vide, generally, 1 Dow's Parl. Cas. new series, 392; 3 Bligh's R. 1; 19 Ves.
286, 352, 353; Stock ou the Law of Non Compotes Mentis; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.
IDIOTA INQUIRENDO, WRIT DE. This is the name of an old writ which
directs the sheriff to inquire whether a man be an idiot or not. The inquisition
is to be made by a jury of twelve men. Fitz. N. B. 232.
IDLENESS. The refusal or neglect to engage in any lawful employment,
in order to gain a livelihood.
2. The vagrant act of 17 G. II. c. 5, which, with some modifications, has
been adopted, in perhaps most of the states, describes idle persons to be those
who, not having wherewith to maintain themselves, live idle, without employment,
and refuse to work for the usual and common, wages. These are punishable
according to the difrerent police regulations, with fine and imprisonment. In
Pennsylvania, vagrancy is punished, on a conviction before a magistrate, with
imprisonment for one mouth.
IGNIS JUDICIUM, Eng. law. The name of the old judicial trial by
IGNOMINY. Public disgrace, infamy, reproach, dishonor. Ignominy is the
opposite of esteem. Wolff, 145. See Infamy.
IGNORAMUS, practice. We are ignorant. This word, which in law means we
are uninformed, is written on a bill by a grand jury, when they find that there
is not sufficient evidence to authorize their finding it a true bill. Sometimes,
instead of using this word, the grand jury endorse on the bill, "Not found." 4
Bl. Com. 305. Vide Grand Jury.
IGNORANCE. The want of knowledge.
2. Ignorance is distinguishable from error. Ignorance is want of knowledge;
error is the non-conformity or opposition of our ideas to the truth. Considered
as a motive of our actions, ignorance differs but little from error. They are
generally found together, and what is said of one is said of both.
3. Ignorance and error, are of several kinds. 1. When considered as to their
object, they are of law and of fact. 2. When examined as to their origin, they
are voluntary or involuntary, 3. When viewed with regard to their influence on
the affairs of men, they are essential or non-essential.
4. - 1. Ignorance of law and fact. 1. Ignorance of law, consists in the want
of knowledge of those laws which it is our duty to understand, and which every
man is presumed to know. The law forbids any one to marry a woman whose hushand
is living. If any man, then, imagined he could marry such a woman, he would be
ignorant of the law; and, if he married her, he would commit an error as to a
matter of law. How far a party is bound to fulfil a promise to pay, upon a
supposed liability, and in ignorance of the law, see 12 East, R. 38; 2 Jac.
& Walk. 263; 5 Taunt. R. 143; 3 B. & Cresw. R. 280; 1 John. Ch. R. 512,
516; 6 John. Ch. R. 166; 9 Cowen's R. 674; 4 Mass. R. 342; 7 Mass. R. 452; 7
Mass. R. 488; 9 Pick. R. 112; 1 Binn. R. 27. And whether he can be relieved from
a contract entered into in ignorance or mistake of the law. 1 Atk. 591; 1 Ves.
& Bea. 23, 30; 1 Chan. Cas. 84; 2 Vern. 243; 1 John. Ch. R. 512; 2 John. Ch.
R. 51; 1 Pet. S. C. R. 1; 6 John. Ch. R. 169, 170; 8 Wheat. R. 174; 2 Mason, R.
5. - 2. Ignorance of fact, is the want of knowledge as to the fact in
question. It would be an error resulting from ignorance of a fact, if a man
believed a certain woman to be unmarried and free, when in fact, she was a
married woman; and were he to marry her under that belief, he would not be
criminally responsible. Ignorance of the laws of a foreign government, or of
another state; is ignorance of a fact. 9 Pick. 112. Vide, for the difference
between ignorance of law and ignorance of fact, 9 Pick. R. 112; Clef. des Lois
Rom. mot Fait; Dig. 22, 6, 7.
6. - 2. Ignorance is either voluntary or involuntary. 1. It is voluntary when
a party might, by taking reasonable pains, have acquired the necessary
knowledge. For example, every man might acquire a knowledge of the laws which
have been promulgated, a neglect to become acquainted with them is therefore
voluntary ignorance. Doct. & St. 1, 46; Plowd. 343.
7. - 2. Involuntary ignorance is that which does not proceed from choice, and
which cannot be overcome by the use of any means of knowledge known to him and
within his power; as, the ignorance of a law which has not yet been
8. - 3. Ignorance is either essential or non-essential. 1. By essential
ignorance is understood that which has for its object some essential
circumstance so intimately connected with the: matter in question, and which so
influences the parties that it induces them to act in the business. For example,
if A should sell his horse to B, and at the time of the sale the horse was dead,
unknown to the parties, the fact of the death would render the sale void. Poth.
Vente, n. 3 and 4; 2 Kent, Com. 367.
9. - 2. Non-essential or accidental ignorance is that which has not of itself
any necessary connexion with the business in question, and which is not the true
consideration for enteting into the contract; as, if a man should marry a woman
whom he believed to be rich, and she proved to be poor, this fact would not be
essential, and the marriage would therefore be good. Vide, generally, Ed. Inj.
7; 1 Johns. h. R. 512; 2 Johns. Ch. R. 41; S. C. 14 Johns. R 501; Dougl. 467; 2
East, R. 469; 1 Campb. 134: 5 Taunt. 379; 3 M. & S. 378; 12 East, R. 38; 1
Vern. 243; 3 P. Wms. 127, n.; 1 Bro. C. C. 92; 10 Ves. 406; 2 Madd. R. 163; 1 V.
& B. 80; 2 Atk. 112, 591; 3 P. Wms. 315; Mos. 364; Doct. & Stud. Dial.
1, c. 26, p. 92; Id. Dial. 2, ch. 46, p. 303; 2 East, R. 469; 12 East, R. 38; 1
Fonbl. Eq. B. 1, ch. 2, 7, note v; 8 Wheat. R. 174; S. C. 1 Pet. S. C. R. 1; 1
Chan. Cas. 84; 1 Story, Eq. Jur. 137, note 1; Dig. 22, 6; Code, 1, 16; Clef des
Lois Rom. h. t.; Merl. Rępert. h. t.; 3 Sav. Dr. Rom. Appendice viii., pp. 337
ILL FAME. This is a technical expression, that which means not only
bad character as generally understood, but every person, whatever may be his
conduct and character in life, who visits bawdy houses, gaming houses, and other
places which are of ill fame, is a person of ill fame. 1 Rogers' Recorder, 67;
Ayl. Par. 276; 2 Hill, 558; 17 Pick. 80; 1 Hagg. Eccl. R. 720; 2 Hagg. Cons. R.
24; 1 Hagg. Cons. R. 302, 303; 1 Hagg. Eccl. R. 767; 2 Greenl. Ev. 44.
ILLEGAL. Contrary to law; unlawful.
2. It is a general rule, that the law will never give its aid to a party who
has entered into an illegal contract, whether the same be in direct violation of
a statute, against public policy, or opposed to public morals. .Nor to a
contract which is fraudulent, which affects the defendant or a third person.
3. A contract in violation of a statute is absolutely void, and, however
disguised, it will be set aside, for no form of expression can remove the
substantial defect inherent in the nature of the transaction; the courts will
investigate the real object of the contracting parties, and if that be repugnant
to the law, it will vitiate the transaction.
4. Contracts against the public policy of the law, are equally void as if
they were in violation of a public statute; a contract not to marry any one, is
therefore illegal and void. See Void.
5. A contract against the purity of manners is also illegal; as, for example,
a agreement to cohabit unlawfully with another, is therefore void; but a bond
given for past cohabitation, being considered as remuneration for past injury,
is binding. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 3853.
6. All contracts which have for their object, or which may in their
consequences, be injurious to third persons, altogether unconnected with them,
are in general illegal and void. Of the first, an example may be found in the
case where a sheriff's officer received a sum of money from a defendant for
admitting to bail, and agreed to pay the bail, part of the money which was so
exacted. 2 Burr. 924. The case of a wager between two persons, as to the
character of a third, is an example of the second class. Cowp. 729; 4 Camp. 152;
1 Rawle, 42; 1 B. & A. 683. Vide lllicit; Unlawful.
ILLEGITIMATE. That which is contrary to law; it is usually applied to
children born out of lawful wedlock. A bastard is sometimes called an
ILLEVIABLE. A debt or duty that cannot or ought not to be levied.
Nihil set upon a debt is a mark for illeviable.
ILLICIT. What is unlawful what is forbidden by the law. Vide
2. This word is frequently used in policies of insurance, where the assured
warrants against illicit trade. By illicit trade is understood that "which is
made unlawful by the laws of the country to which the object is bound." The
assured having entered into this warranty, is required to do no act which will
expose the vessel to be legally condemned. 2 L. R. 337, 338. Vide Insurance;
2. This word has a technical meaning, and is requisite in an indictment where
the act charged is unlawful; as, in the case of a riot. 2 Hawk. P. C. 25,