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1 : a special, distinctive, or essential character: as
a : a character, position, or role assumed [those acts of ownership, which the person called to the succession can only do in of heir "Louisiana Civil Code"]
b : the character of an estate as determined by the manner in which it is to be held or enjoyed
2 : degree of excellence [made no warranties as to the product's ]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.