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institute vt

1 : to establish in a particular position or office
in the civil law of Louisiana
: to appoint as heir see also instituted heir at heir
2 : to get started
: bring [ a lawsuit]
n 1 : an elementary principle recognized as authoritative

: a collection of principles
: a legal compendium

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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