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1. An early primer consisting of a single page protected by a transparent sheet of horn, formerly used in teaching children to read.
2. A text that instructs in the basic skills or rudiments of a subject.


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a page bearing a religious text or the alphabet, held in a frame with a thin window of flattened cattle horn over it
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) any elementary primer



1. a leaf or page containing the alphabet, religious materials, etc., covered with a sheet of transparent horn and fixed in a frame with a handle, formerly used in teaching children to read.
2. a primer or book of rudiments.
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Noun1.hornbook - a primer that provides instruction in the rudiments or basic skills of a branch of knowledge
primer - an introductory textbook
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Would it serve as a good text or hornbook for a student of CT Law?
If insurance companies do push back on coverage for advancement and indemnity on the grounds that a reimbursed vice-president is not an "officer," policyholders should be prepared to draw a distinction between the Aleynikov case (which eschews the use of contra proferentum) and hornbook insurance law (which mandates that ambiguities be resolved in favor of the policyholder).
It is hornbook law that direct evidence of a fact is not necessary.
That the cause of action could be defined by the common law and not by the law of nations is entirely consistent with the hornbook principle that international law does not specify the means of its domestic enforcement.
The FCPA Resource Guide has been described as a "landmark document," an "FCPA hornbook," and a "must-read for compliance officers.
Moreover, hornbook law has taken a conservative approach to
It is hornbook law that prior statements of a witness that are consistent with his or her testimony are inadmissible unless they fit within a hearsay exception, (6) though one of the hornbooks that states the rule also criticizes it.
opinion of Baroness Hale of Richmond) ("It is now hornbook law that damage is the gist of the action in negligence.
The think tank could produce the equivalent of a hornbook or primer explaining liability and damage issues in the host nation.
With great understatement, he Found somewhat disconcerting" the fact that "law students, still groping at the hornbook stage of the law, are refereeing these journals and playing a decisive role in what shall be published.