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[Medieval Latin dativus subject to appointment, from Latin, assigned (of a guardian), from datus, past participle of dare to give]
in the civil law of Louisiana
1 : appointed by a judge
2 : established by judicial appointment [ tutorship]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.