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1 : something that is produced by an agent or cause
: personal property at property
: goods [the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and s, against unreasonable searches and seizures "U.S. Constitution amend. IV"]
3 : the quality or state of being operative [when the new law goes into ]
vt 1 : to cause to come into being
2 : to bring about often by surmounting obstacles [ a settlement of the dispute]
3 : to put into operation [the duty of the legislature to the will of the citizens]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.