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letters patent

pl.n.
A document granting a patent for an invention.

letters patent

pl n
(Law) See patent6

let′ters pat′ent


n.pl.
an instrument issued by a government conferring a right upon a patentee, esp. an exclusive right to make and sell an invention.
[1350–1400]
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Noun1.letters patent - an official document granting a right or privilege
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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letters patent

plPatent (→ urkunde f) nt

letters patent

nplbrevetto di invenzione
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The grants of land, made either by the crown or the state, were but letters patent under the great seal, and the term “patent” is usually applied to any district of extent thus conceded; though under the crown’, manorial rights being often granted with the soil, in the older counties the word “manor” is frequently used.
Who, I say again, was the fool that knows not that there are no letters patent of nobility that confer such privileges or exemptions as a knight-errant acquires the day he is dubbed a knight, and devotes himself to the arduous calling of chivalry?
It had been "granted to him for safekeeping," as the letters patent said; and certainly he kept it well.
The Queen is Canada's Head of State, but the duty of commander-in-chief was conferred on the governor general, her representative (as per the Letters Patent Constituting the Office of Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada (1947)) --hence the reason he/she wears a military uniform and not the Queen.
The Queen issued a Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm in December 2012 when Kate was just a few months' pregnant, declaring "all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of prince or princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour".
A Bill receives Royal Assent when Letters Patent under the Welsh Seal signed with Her Majesty s own hand signifying Her Assent are notified to the Clerk of the Assembly.
With letters patent to their name, and the Atlantic cable project behind them, Webster & Horsfall consolidated their ongoing success by expansion into a growing British light engineering revolution.
The title of Lord Mayor was granted to the city as Letters Patent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on June 3 1953.
In a small announcement in the London Gazette, it was announced: "The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 5 September in the afternoon the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon Sir Ian William Wrigglesworth, Knight, by the name, style and title of Baron Wrigglesworth, of Norton-on-Tees, County Durham.
Sir Ian's new role was confirmed in a small announcement in the London gazette stating that "The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 5 September in the afternoon the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon Sir Ian William Wrigglesworth, Knight, by the name, style and title of Baron Wrigglesworth, of Norton-on-Tees, County Durham.
The process saw First Minister Carwyn Jones, who also holds the title of Keeper of the Seal, using a hand-wound press to stamp the Letters Patent - an official document signed by the Queen - before it is given Royal Assent.
The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title, and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honor," the palace said in a statement in the beginning of the year.