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Concept of Table

The following is an old definition of Table [1], a term which has several meanings:1. Inthe sense of billiard-table, gaming-table, etc., see Game

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In the sense of a condensed statement or a view of items or details, for ready ref- erence, is used of genealogical tables, interest tables, tables of descent, of weights, measures, etc. See Time-table. Table of cases. A statement of the decided cases reported or cited in a law-book, arranged in alphabetical order by their respective titles, with reference to the page Or pages where found in the book, and, perhaps also, in the original volume; the whole being printed at the beginning or at the close of the book. 3. In the sense of a law or chapter of a statute, see Twelve Tables. 4. Statistics concerning the longevity of large numbers of individuals have been arranged in “tables;” from which the probable duration of the life of a particular person may be estimated, from any year in life. These tables are chiefly used for determining the present worth of annuities, dower interests, reversions, and policies of insurance. Life and annuity tables are framed upon the basis of the average duration of the lives of a great number of persons. They have never been held to be absolute guides. The Northampton Tables were prepared, by a Dr. Price, from bills of mortality kept in the parish of All Saints, a town in the north of England, between 1735 and 1780. The Carlisle Tables were framed for the town of Carlisle, also in the north of England, from observations made upon a population of 8000 persons, during 1779 and 1780.The Equitable Tables were made by the Equitable Insurance Company of London, from data collected by the company in the transaction of its business. The Sweden Tables are based upon returns collected between 1755 and 1776, corrected by returns made betwsen 1775 and 1805, from the population of the whole of Sweden and Finland. Finlaison’s Tables were constructed, about 1825, by John Finlaison, actuary of the National Debt Office of England, from observations upon 25,000 life annuities of the English government, from about 1795 to 1825. McKean’s Tables, first issued in 1837, were prepared by Alexander McKean, actuary, of London. Wigglesworth’s Tables were framed by a Dr. Wigglesworth, from observations made in New England, Bland’s Tables were arranged by Chancellor Bland, of Maryland, from Various other tables.

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  1. Meaning of Table provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims and an Exposition of the Principles of Law: Comprising a Dictionary and Compendium of American and English Jurisprudence; William C. Anderson; T. H. Flood and Company, Law Publishers, Chicago, United States)


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  • Article Name: Table
  • Author: Rhona Schuz
  • Description: Concept of Table The following is an old definition of Table [1], a term which has several meanings:1. Inthe sense of [...]

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