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case sb.1 (senses ‘contingency’ and ‘state of things’ are freq.; ‘grammatical case’ Wiv. IV. i. 47)
1. condition, circumstances; “in to,” in a position to Tp. III. ii. 30; “in good ,” well off 2H4 II. i. 119.
2. state of facts legally considered, statement of the facts ‘sub judice’, cause or suit 1H6 V. iii. 165 “To be mine own attorney in this ,” Lr. III. ii. 85 “When every in law is right,” Sonn. cviii. 9; (hence) question Cym. I. vi. 42 (‘in this question of beauty’).
3. form of procedure, more fully called ‘action upon the case’, which was ‘an universal remedy for all personal wrongs and injuries without force, not specially provided for by law, so called because the plaintiff's whole case or cause of complaint is set forth at length in the original writ’ (Blackstone) Err. IV. ii. 42.
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