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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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They cover all the major US statutes and cases as well as several relevant international treaties, and take a broader and more policy oriented perspective than traditional casebooks, hornbooks, treatises, and student guides.
Indeed, the "common law versus MPC" language is so pervasive among some hornbooks and commercial outlines that it is nearly impossible to deprogram students from using that language even when the professor actively discourages students from carving up the landscape in this fashion.
Nela Bureu Ramos closes this section by discussing Robert Kroetsch's The Hornbooks of Rita K.
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Nela Bureu adds desire to this methodological layout in her nuanced approach to prairie writing in 'Spaces of Desire: A Pleasant Sejour in Robert Kroetsch's The Hornbooks of Rita K'.
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.
Brockman, who had written Lincoln asking him about "the best modes of obtaining a thorough knowledge of the law." Lincoln told the potential lawyer that "the mode is very simple, though laborious, and tedious." He then suggested some hornbooks to start digging into and then, abruptly, concluded the letter with insight from his own experiences as an attorney.
Law School) present what they consider a stand-alone "coursebook" combining the strengths of case books, problems-based books, legal hornbooks (i.e., treatise overviews), and other common materials.
Facsimiles of hornbooks and battledores, that were the reading fare of children in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, are quickly overtaken by books with Australian themes, although imports, such as works by the likes of Randolph Caldecott found their way onto Australian bookshelves.