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1 : a ruling of a court upon an issue of law raised in a case
: the pronouncement of law supported by the reasoning in a court's opinion compare decision, dictum, disposition, finding, judgment, opinion, ruling, verdict
2 : any property that is owned or possessed usually used in pl. [an increase in the company's s]
adj : intended for temporary custody or detention [a facility] [a cell]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.