Definition of Letters patent

1. Noun. An official document granting a right or privilege.

Exact synonyms: Patent
Generic synonyms: Instrument, Legal Document, Legal Instrument, Official Document
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Patent

Definition of Letters patent

1. Noun. (legal plurale tantum) A type of legal document which is an open letter issued by an authority granting a right, monopoly, title, or status to a person or organization. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Letters Patent

letters after one's name
letters close
letters of administration
letters of credit
letters of marque
letters of recommendation
letters patent (current term)
letters testamentary
letters to the editor
letterset printing
letting down
letting go
letting loose
letting off

Literary usage of Letters patent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The word is also, particularly in the plural, applied to many legal and formal written documents, as in letters patent, letters rogatory and ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"in one form or another, the validity of the letters patent alleged to be infringed, and frequently involve, directly or indirectly, the same inquiry in ..."

3. Report by Florida Office of Secretary of State (1909)
"letters patent issued February 25th, 1907. Affidavit of Treasurer that 50 per cent ... letters patent issued March 11th, 1907. Pine Land & Timber Company. ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Walter Malins Rose, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, LEXIS Law Publishing (1901)
"1948, which words were not in the descriptive part of the original letters patent of said Ethan Allen; and thereupon your petitioners disclaim the said ..."

5. A Dictionary Practical, Theoretical and Historical of Commerce and by John Ramsay McCulloch (1842)
"Any person having obtained letters patent for any Invention may enter a Disclaimer. — Any person who hath obtained or shall hereafter obtain letters patent, ..."

6. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer and by Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Roger Meeson, William Newland Welsby, John Innes Clark Hare, Horace Binney Wallace, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber (1849)
"Original letters patent, for a term of fourteen years, were dated on the 26th of February, 1825, and renewed letters patent were dated 26th February, ..."

7. The Law and Custom of the Constitution by William Reynell Anson (1907)
"Whereas We did, by Our letters patent, under the Great Seal Recitation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, nominate, ^*"^er assign, ..."

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