act of grace
A grant of general pardon or amnesty by a new king or queen in honor of some important royal event. See grace.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Act of grace — Grace Grace (gr[=a]s), n. [F. gr[^a]ce, L. gratia, from gratus beloved, dear, agreeable; perh. akin to Gr. ? to rejoice, cha ris favor, grace, Skr. hary to desire, and E. yearn. Cf. {Grateful}, {Gratis}.] 1. The exercise of love, kindness, mercy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Act of grace — Act Act ([a^]kt), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F. acte. See {Agent}.] 1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed. [1913 Webster] That best portion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • act of grace — index amnesty, favor (act of kindness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • act of grace — ► act of grace a privilege or concession that cannot be claimed as a right. Main Entry: ↑act …   English terms dictionary

  • act of grace — an act extending clemency to offenders before the law (as one at the beginning of a new reign granting pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders) * * * act of grace noun A favour, esp a pardon granted by a sovereign • • • Main Entry: ↑act * * * a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • act of grace — The term is often used to designate a general act of parliament, originating with the crown, such as has often been passed at the commencement of a new reign, or the coming of age or marriage of a sovereign, or at the close of a period of civil… …   Black's law dictionary

  • act of grace — The term is often used to designate a general act of parliament, originating with the crown, such as has often been passed at the commencement of a new reign, or the coming of age or marriage of a sovereign, or at the close of a period of civil… …   Black's law dictionary

  • act of grace — kind act, act of charity, good deed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • act of grace — noun 1. an act of Parliament granting a general pardon. 2. payment by a government to a citizen with whom it is in dispute to avoid protracted litigation, although the government is not legally liable …   Australian English dictionary

  • act of grace — a privilege or concession that cannot be claimed as a right. → act …   English new terms dictionary

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