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Delaware Laws | Title 1 General Provisions
CHAPTER 2. CONTINUOUS CODE REVISION
Subchapter II. Preparation of Supplements and Code

The Revisors shall, after consultation with the Legislative Council, cause to be printed and delivered to the State not more than 2,500 copies of the pocket supplements. The Revisors are authorized in awarding the contract for the printing of the supplements to grant the publisher such sales rights with respect to nonresidents of the State as in the judgment of the Revisors would be advantageous to the State. (129)

(1 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 213; 49 Del. Laws, c. 347; 58 Del. Laws, c. 253, Sec.Sec. 4, 6.) (130)

Subchapter III. Distribution and Sale (131)(Text)

Sec. 220. Duties of Government Support Services. (132)(Text)

The completed supplements shall be delivered to the Government Support Services who shall distribute the supplements to the General Assembly and state agencies and sell the supplements to the public in the same manner and under the same terms and conditions as is provided for the distribution and sale of the Code in Sec. 108 of this title. The price for which each set of supplements shall be sold by the State shall be not less than the cost to the State of the preparation of such supplements (exclusive of the salaries of the Revisors). (133)

(1 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 220; 49 Del. Laws, c. 347; 58 Del. Laws, c. 253, Sec.Sec. 4, 7; 73 Del. Laws, c. 143, Sec. 2; 75 Del. Laws, c. 88, Sec. 22(1).) (134)

The completed supplements shall be delivered to the Government Support Services who shall distribute the supplements to the General Assembly and state agencies and sell the supplements to the public in the same manner and under the same terms and conditions as is provided for the distribution and sale of the Code in Sec. 108 of this title. The price for which each set of supplements shall be sold by the State shall be not less than the cost to the State of the preparation of such supplements (exclusive of the salaries of the Revisors). (135)

(1 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 220; 49 Del. Laws, c. 347; 58 Del. Laws, c. 253, Sec.Sec. 4, 7; 73 Del. Laws, c. 143, Sec. 2; 75 Del. Laws, c. 88, Sec. 22(1).) (136)

CHAPTER 3. INTERPRETATION OF STATUTES (137)(Text)

Sec. 301. Rules of construction and definitions. (138)(Text)

The rules of construction and the definitions set forth in this chapter shall be observed in the construction of this Code and all other statutes, unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the General Assembly, or repugnant to the Code or to the context of the same statute. (139)

(Code 1852, Sec. 34; Code 1915, Sec. 1; Code 1935, Sec. 1; 1 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 301.) (140)

Sec. 302. Definitions. (141)(Text)

In the construction of this Code and of all other statutes of this State, unless the context requires a different meaning: (142)

(1) "Adult" or "adult person" means a person of the age of 18 years or older. (143)

(2) "Child" means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. (144)

(3) "Full age" means the age of 18 years or older. (145)

(4) "Grantee" includes every person to whom a freehold estate or interest is conveyed. (146)

(5) "Grantor" includes every person by whom a freehold estate or interest is conveyed. (147)

(6) "Infancy" means an age of less than 18 years. (148)

(7) "Infant" means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. (149)

(8) "Inhabitant" means a resident in any place. (150)

(9) "Kin" and "kindred," as applied to the descent of estates, signify kin or kindred by blood, and the degrees of consanguinity shall be computed by the civil law method; but collateral kindred claiming through a nearer common ancestor, shall be preferred to those claiming through a more remote common ancestor. (151)

(10) "Lawful age" means the age of 18 years or older. (152)

(11) "Mentally ill person" includes every idiot, lunatic person, or person non compos mentis. (153)

(12) "Minor" or "minor child" means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. (154)

(13) "Money" or "dollars" means lawful money of the United States. (155)

(14) "Month" means a calendar month, unless otherwise expressed. (156)

(15) "Oath" includes affirmation in all cases where an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and "sworn" includes affirmed; and the forms shall be varied accordingly. (157)

(16) "Person" and "whoever" respectively include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies and joint-stock companies, as well as individuals. (158)

(17) "Real estate" or "real property" is synonymous with the phrase "lands, tenements and hereditaments." (159)

(18) "State" means the State of Delaware; and when applied to different parts of the United States, it includes the District of Columbia and the several territories and possessions of the United States. (160)

(19) "Tavern" includes inn. (161)

(20) "Under age" means an age of less than 18 years. (162)

(21) "United States" includes its territories and possessions and the District of Columbia. (163)

(22) "Will" means "last will and testament" and includes "codicil." (164)

(23) "Written" and "writing" respectively include printing and typewriting and reproductions of visual symbols by photographing, lithographing, multigraphing, mimeographing, manifolding or otherwise; but in all cases where the written signature of any person is by law required, it shall be the proper handwriting of such person, or if the person cannot write the person's name, the person's mark. (165)

(24) "Year" means a calendar year, and is equivalent to the words "year of our Lord." (166)

(Code 1852, Sec.Sec. 37-49; Code 1915, Sec. 1; Code 1935, Sec. 1; 1 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 302; 49 Del. Laws, c. 57, Sec. 1; 58 Del. Laws, c. 439, Sec. 2; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, Sec. 1.) (167)

Sec. 303. Words and phrases. (168)(Text)

Words and phrases shall be read with their context and shall be construed according to the common and approved usage of the English language. Technical words and phrases, and such others as may have acquired a peculiar and appropriate meaning in the law, shall be construed and understood according to such peculiar and appropriate meaning. (169)

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