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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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Indeed, in his influential hornbook Understanding Criminal Law, Joshua Dressler identifies no less than six common law tests: the "last act" test, the "physical proximity" test, the "dangerous proximity" test, the "indispensable element" test, the "probable desistance" test, and the "unequivocality" test.
This, of course, is hornbook law to all of us in the insurance field, but the Court seems intent on breathing new life into these old and oft cited rules.
But while the shonen (boy) and shojo (girl) series common in American bookstores extend into an intimidating number of volumes, their content is often schematic, so thoroughly vetted for their youth audience that many seem adopted from some hornbook. Much manga targeted at older audiences is published in Japan, but the few such books brought to North America are often subsumed under the general category of youth comics.
Nowak, Treatise on Constitutional Law--Substance and Procedure (3d ed., West Group 1999): 5 vols.; an up-to-date analysis and synthesis of constitutional law; a superior resource on the constitutional aspects of federal jurisdiction; the popular one-volume student hornbook is keyed to this treatise.
(146) However, that reading is fundamentally undermined by the Court's repeated reliance on "hornbook" principles of corporate law.
"To the further legal enlightenment of Villarin, it is hornbook doctrine that in construing laws or constitutional provisions, one must harmonize the same with other dictates of the law pursuant to the legal maxim:Interpretare et concordare leges legibus est optimus interpretandi modus,"he continued.
No other details were released about the death blamed on the fire that threatened 300 homes near Hornbook, a town of 250 people about 14 miles south of the Oregon border.
William Hronopoulos, et al.<br />Case No.: 17-2073<br />Officials: EASTERBROOK and ROVNER, Circuit Judges, and GILBERT, District Judge<br />Focus: Brady Violation <br />This is a hornbook example of how to waive an argument on appeal.
It is hornbook law that a movant has the burden of showing entitlement to the relief requested.
In these works music sounds language, while language expands upon music's capacity to signify, each serving the other in what Mackey calls a "syncretistic salt, " a "mix in which adverse traditions relativize one another, relate while applying a grain of salt to one another." Each of the novels in the series--Bedouin Hornbook (1986), Djbot Baghostus's Run (1993), Atet A.
It will become the hornbook citation for cultural preservation in the way Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.'s 1993 Oposa v.