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1. often muniments Law Documentary evidence by which one can defend a title to property or a claim to rights.
2. Archaic A means of defense or protection.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin mūnīmentum, from Latin, defense, protection, from mūnīre, to fortify; see munition.]
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rare a means of defence
[C15: via Old French, from Latin munīre to defend]
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(ˈmyu nə mənt)

1. muniments, Law. a document by which rights or privileges are defended or maintained.
2. Archaic. a defense or protection.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin mūnīmentum document for use in defense against a claimant, Latin: defense =mūnī(re) to fortify (see munition) + -mentum -ment]
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It is sufficient to know that the name to which I do myself the honour to refer, will ever be treasured among the muniments of our house (I allude to the archives connected with our former lodgers, preserved by Mrs.
Cartulary: Being the Contents of an Old Wiltshire Muniment Chest
Guildford, Surrey, England: Guildford Muniment Room, Surrey Record Office.
The antient Evidences and Muniments of the Church I found covered with dirt and dust; these to the amount of some Bushells, I cleaned, sorted and endorsed, and having tied them up in little bundels, they are now deposited in the old Exchequer, being a very convenient muniment room.
As a history student here he was regarded as one of the best of his generation and it was his interest in history that led him, together with his long-time friend, the chain-smoking bibliophile Bob Owen Croesor, to trawl through the muniment rooms of the landed estates of North Wales; those rooms where important titledeeds and other estate documents were stored.
"It would be a great idea to use it as a muniment room as we have a huge archive of material which is stored in various locations.
Shortly before his Lambert period, however, he had also learned to reconstitute pedigrees of aristocrats and their blazons from the old parchments gathered by his father from the Muniment Room in St.
Of particular interest are his ideas on the role that the archives and the muniment room of historic houses can play in providing new ways of telling the story of these houses, their occupants and estates to visitors tired of visiting "treasure houses" (235).
As Chatterton goes up to the muniment room in the church of St Mary Redcliffe and tells people he has found stuff there, there's performance in what he's doing, which lies beyond simply writing about it.
The pioneer here was James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, who spent parts of twenty years, from the 1850s through the 1870s, visiting record repositories and muniment rooms throughout England.
Florida Uniform Title Standard 3.6 states "[t]he fact that an instrument such as a deed or mortgage is undated, bears a date subsequent to the date of the acknowledgement, or bears an impossible date does not affect the validity of the instrument as a muniment of title." It should be noted that the true date of a valid deed is when the deed is delivered to the complete control of the grantee, with no conditions or contingencies.
The first occurs as the result of a friendship with a young chemist, Paul Muniment, whom he meets at the revolutionary meetings.