class n: a group of persons or things having characteristics in common: as
a: a group of persons who have some common relationship to a person making a will and are designated to receive a gift under the will but whose identities will not be determined until sometime in the future see also class gift at gift
b: a group of securities (as stocks or bonds) having similar distinguishing features (as voting rights or priority of redemption)
c: a group whose members are represented in a class action
e: a group of crimes forming a category distinguished by a common characteristic (as the use of violence or the requirement for a maximum penalty)
murder is a class A felony

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

I noun assortment, bracket, branch, brand, breed, caste, category, classification, classis, denomination, designation, division, echelon, genera, genre, genus, gradation, grade, group, grouping, hierarchy, ilk, kind, layer of society, order, ordo, place, position, rank, rating, sect, set, social rank, social status, sort, standing, station, status, stratum, subdivision, subgroup, suborder, subspecies, type, variety associated concepts: class action, class gifts, class interest, class legislation, class suit, definite class, gift to a class foreign phrases:
- Clausula generalis de residuo non ea complectitur quae non efusdem sint generis cum lis quae speciatim dicta fuerant — A general clause of remainder does not include those things which are not of the same kind as those which have been specially mentioned
II index allocate, classification, classify, denomination, department, distribute, division (administrative unit), evaluate, file (arrange), fix (arrange), form (arrangement), gauge, index (relate), kind, manner (kind), organize (arrange), pigeonhole, quality (excellence), race, rate, screen (select), section (division), society, sort, state (condition), status, style, subdivision

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Each class of share has specific rights, usually contained in the Articles of Association or the documentation creating the shares. These relate to dividend, return of capital, voting and other similar rights. Any variation of class rights must be approved by resolutions at separate meetings of shareholders in that class (Section 125 Companies Act 1985).

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

A group of people or things sharing common characteristics.

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

A group that shares common attributes. In legal terms, this might be a group of people with the same level of rights (such as heirs who are equally related to the deceased), or who've suffered from the same discrimination or other injury. Whether a person is part of a class is often crucial in determining who can sue on the person's behalf or collect a share of a class action judgment.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

Also known as class of creditors.
Each of the different categories of claims against a debtor in bankruptcy, accorded similar treatment under a plan of reorganization.

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

1 A category of activities, objects, people, or qualities that have, or are considered to have, certain attributes or characteristics in common.
2 An identifiable group of individuals that a regulation or statute deals with or acts upon differently than it does other people. If the group is identified by gender, race, national origin, or religion, such a group is called a protected class or a suspect class.
3 A group of individuals who have, with the plaintiff in a civil action, a common interest in the subject, facts, and legal issues that the action is based on and who seek to collectively participate in the action so all their claims can be adjudicated in a single proceeding. For example, the passengers of a cruise ship who became ill due to the cruise line's negligence may constitute a class.
@ testamentary class
A group of individuals who will share a testamentary gift upon the death of a testator but whose exact number and identity is not known until the testator's death. For example, if a gift is "to my children who survive me," it will not be known until the testator's death who those children are.
See also gift.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   in legal (not sociological) terms, all those persons in the same category, level of rights (e.g. heirs of dead person who are related by the same degree), or who have suffered from the same incident. Whether a person is part of a class is often crucial in determining who can sue on behalf of the people who have been similarly damaged or collect his/her share if a class action judgment is given.
   See also: class action

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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