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a fortiori
with stronger reason
a priori
frome what goes before; from the cause to effect
ab initio
from the beginning
actiones in personam
personal actions
ad curiam
before the court, to the court
ad damnum clause
to the damage, clause of complaint which states plaintiff's monetary loss
ad faciendum
to do
ad hoc
for this purpose, for this occasion
ad litem
for the suit; for the litigation (a guardian ad litem, for example)
ad rem
to the thing at hand
ad valorem
according to the value (an ad valorem tax, for example)
adversus
against (defendant adv. plaintiff)
aggregatio menium
meeting of minds (relates to formation of contracts)
alias dictus
otherwise called, also known as (as in an assumed name)
alibi
in another place, elsewhere
aliunde
from another place, from without (as in evidence outside the document) see parol evidence
alter ego
the other self
amicus curiae
friend of the court (as an amicus curiae brief filed with an appellate court)
animo
with intention, disposition, design, will
animus
mind, intention
ante litem motam
before suit brought, before litigaiton is filed
arguendo
in the course of the argument, for the sake of argument
assumpsit
he undertook, he promised
bona fide
good faith
capias
take, arrest
capita
persons, heads
causa mortis
by reason of death
caveat
beware, a warning
caveat emptor
let the buyer beware
certiorari
send the pleadings up (from inferior court to a superior court; U.S. Supreme Court uses write of certiorari to revew most cases)