instrument
in·stru·ment n
1: a means or implement by which something is achieved, performed, or furthered
an instrument of crime
2: a document (as a deed, will, bond, note, certificate of deposit, insurance policy, warrant, or writ) evidencing rights or duties esp. of one party to another under the law
no person is liable on an instrument unless his signature appears thereonUniform Commercial Code
an indictment is a form of charging instrument; specif: negotiable instrument

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

instrument
I (document) noun bill, certificate, charter, deed, draft, evidential writing, executed and delivered writing, formal writing, official record, official writing, paper, record, solemn writing, syngrapha, tabula, writing, writing delivered as the evidence of an agreement, writing which gives formal expression to a legal act, written formal expression associated concepts: allonge, instrument evidencing a debt, instrument of writing, negotiable instrument foreign phrases:
- Mala grammatica non vttiat chartam, sed in exposltione instrumentorum mala grammatica quoad fieri possit evitanda est — Bad grammar does not vitiate a deed, but in the drafting of instruments, bad grammar should, as far as possible, be avoided.
- Ubl nulla est conjectura quae ducat alio, verba intelligenda sunt ex proprietate, non grammatica, sed populari ex usu. — Where there is nothing which calls for another construction, words are to be understood according to their proper sense, not according to their strict grammatical meaning, but according to their popular sense.
- Qui haeret in lltera haeret in cortice. — He who adheres to the letter of an instrument goes but skin deep into its meaning.
II (tool) noun agency, agent, aid, apparatus, appliance, article, channel, contributing force, contrivance, device, equipment, facility, implement, instrumentum, machine, machinery, means, mechanical construction, mechanism, medium, utensil, utility, vehicle associated concepts: instrument of fraud III index appliance, blank (form), certificate, charter (license), conduit (channel), deed, device (mechanism), document, expedient, facility (instrumentality), form (document), forum (medium), indenture, instrumentality, interagent, lease, medium, organ, proctor, resource, tool, will (testamentary instrument)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


instrument
n.
A formal written document; a writing that formally expresses some legal agreement, such as a contract, lease, will, deed, or bond. See also negotiable instrument

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


instrument
a written legal document.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


instrument
A written legal document such as a contract, lease, deed, will, or bond.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

instrument
USA
Defined in the UCC as a negotiable instrument or any other writing that evidences a right to the payment of a monetary obligation, is not itself a security agreement or lease, and is of a type that in ordinary course of business is transferred by delivery with any necessary indorsement or assignment.
The term does not include:
• Writings that evidence a right to payment arising out of the use of a credit or charge card or information contained on or for use with the card
(UCC §9-102(a)(47).)
An instrument is an asset type over which an entity can grant a security interest under Article 9 of the UCC.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


instrument
n. A written legal document defining the parties' rights and liabilities to one another.
@ negotiable instrument
Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a writing that reflects an unconditional promise to pay, such as a check or note, but does not also include security for the payment.
n. In commercial law, a writing that meets certain criteria, such as that it contains an unconditional promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a particular date to the bearer or a particular person, and it is signed by the person making it.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


instrument
A formal or legal written document; a document in writing, such as a deed, lease, bond, contract, or will. A writing that serves as evidence of an individual's right to collect money, such as a check.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


instrument
A formal or legal written document; a document in writing, such as a deed, lease, bond, contract, or will. A writing that serves as evidence of an individual's right to collect money, such as a check.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

instrument
n.
   1) a written legal document such as a contract, lease, deed, will or bond.
   2) an object used to perform some task or action, ranging from a surgeon's scalpel to any hard thing used in an assault (a blunt instrument).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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