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As a legal term embraces a variable number of disabilities (the common one being an incapacity to act or appear for another at law) imposed in a variety of circumstances. It is at root social, involving loss of reputation or good name, but is given legal content by lex, senatus consultum, imperial constitution, or by the praetor's edict in specific situations, such as condemnation in ordinary criminal prosecutions, condemnation in civil actions for delict and in other civil actions in which the defendant was guilty of a breach of faith, or engaging in certain disreputable occupations.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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