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Legal Terms Beginning with W

Wagner Act

A 1935 American federal statute which recognized employee rights to collective bargaining, protected the right to belong to a union, prohibited many anti-union tactics then used by employers, and set up the National Labor Relations Board. Read the full definition of Wagner Act on Duhaime.org

Waiver

An intentional relinquishment or abandonment of a known right or privilege. Read the full definition of Waiver on Duhaime.org

Waiver By Conduct

The abandonment of a right implied from a person's conduct. Read the full definition of Waiver By Conduct on Duhaime.org

Want of Prosecution

An application to a judge to dismiss a law suit alleging that the litigant has inexcusably delayed moving the litigation along and that under the circumstances, the litigation ought to be dismissed. Read the full definition of Want of Prosecution on Duhaime.org

War Crimes

Excessive brutality during war, in contravention of an international treaty or convention. Read the full definition of War Crimes on Duhaime.org

Warranty

A guarantee given on the performance of a product or the doing of a certain thing. Read the full definition of Warranty on Duhaime.org

Waste

The abuse, destruction or permanent change to property by one who is merely in possesion of it as in the case of a tenant or a life tenant. Read the full definition of Waste on Duhaime.org

Waterboarding

A criminal investigation interrogation technique whereby a person suspected of having or withholding relevant information is blindfolded and bound on their back, sometimes with the fact covered with porous or nonporous material, and subjected to water poured over their mouth and nose such as to simulate drowning and to thus, under duress, elicit information. Read the full definition of Waterboarding on Duhaime.org

Wedivock

Being married. Read the full definition of Wedivock on Duhaime.org

Welsh Mortgage

A unique, now archaic species of common law mortgages where a person collects rents or profits in regards to specified real property, until the loan and any interest, is paid off. Read the full definition of Welsh Mortgage on Duhaime.org

Wergeld

A fine set for injury or death of certain animals or person and upon which, the perpetrator was required to pay to the family of the deceased. Also spelled wergild. Read the full definition of Wergeld on Duhaime.org

Wild Horse Annie Act

A 1959 American law that sought to restrict the use of motorized vehicles by cowboys rounding-up wild horses on public land. Read the full definition of Wild Horse Annie Act on Duhaime.org

Will

A written statement, usually signed, made by an individual, which directs the distribution of their property when they die. Read the full definition of Will on Duhaime.org

Wire-tapping

An electronic surveillance device which secretly listens in and records conversations held over a phone line. Read the full definition of Wire-tapping on Duhaime.org

Witchcraft

According to law books of the Mipive Ages, the act of invoking evil spirits or consulting, covenanting with, entertaining, employing, feeding, or rewarding any evil spirit. Read the full definition of Witchcraft on Duhaime.org

Without Prejudice

A reservation made on a statement or an offer that it is not an admission or cannot otherwise be used against the issuing party in future dealings or litigation with any determinative legal effect. Read the full definition of Without Prejudice on Duhaime.org

With Prejudice

A statement or order that is conclusive between the parties as to the dispute between them. Read the full definition of With Prejudice on Duhaime.org

Witness

A person who perceives an event (by seeing, hearing, smelling or other sensory perception). Read the full definition of Witness on Duhaime.org

Words of limitation

Words in a conveyance or in a will which set the duration of an estate. Read the full definition of Words of limitation on Duhaime.org

Words of purchase

Words which specifically name the person to whom land is being conveyed. Read the full definition of Words of purchase on Duhaime.org

Wreck

An abandoned vessel, or something abandoned off a vessel, which is either afloat, stranded, aground or sunken. Read the full definition of Wreck on Duhaime.org

Writ

An official court document, signed by a judge or bearing an official court seal, which commands the person to whom it is apressed, to do something specific. Read the full definition of Writ on Duhaime.org

Wrongful Death

An American tort law action which claims damages from any person who, through negligence or direct act or omission, caused the death of certain relatives (eg. spouse, children or parent). Read the full definition of Wrongful Death on Duhaime.org

Wrongful Dismissal

Being fired from a job without an adequate reason or without any reason whatsoever. Read the full definition of Wrongful Dismissal on Duhaime.org