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1 a : the act, manner, or process of carrying on or managing [his of the case was negligent]
b : an act or omission to act [a crime is that which is defined as criminal "Louisiana Revised Statutes"]
2 : mode or standard of personal behavior
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.