Definitions of appearance

  1. the event of coming into sight Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of appearing in public view; "the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period"; "it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony is just for show" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. outward or visible aspect of a person or thing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a mental representation; "I tried to describe his appearance to the police" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Semblance, or apparent likeness; external show. pl. Outward signs, or circumstances, fitted to make a particular impression or to determine the judgment as to the character of a person or a thing, an act or a state; as, appearances are against him. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character; as, a person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Probability; likelihood. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The act of becoming visible; the object seen; the act of coming before the public; presence in court; outward look or aspect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. The act of appearing: the thing seen: apparent likeness: arrival: show. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Coming in sight; that which appears; probability; show. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. An appearing; that which appears; aspect; semblance; indication; advent; publication. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The act of appearing; the thing seen; a phenomenon; apparent likeness; semblance; outward show; introduction to the public in a particular character; look and bearing. A coming into court. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. A coming in sight; the thing seen; the look of a person or thing; pretence; show. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. In practice. A coming into court as party to a suit, whether as plaintiff or defendant The formal proceeding by which a defendant submits himself to the jurisdiction of the court. Flint v. Comly, 95 Me. 251, 49 Atl. 1044; Crawford v. Vinton, 102 Mich. 83, 02 N. W. 988. Classification. An appearance may be either general or special; the former is a simple and unqualified or unrestricted submission to the jurisdiction of the court, the latter a submission to the jurisdiction for some specific purpose only, not for all the purposes of the suit. National Furnace Co. v. Moline Malleable Iron Works (C. C.) 18 Fed. S04. An appearance may also he either compulsory or voluntary, the former where it is compelled by process served on the party, the latter where it is entered by his own will or consent, without the service of process, though process may be outstanding. 1 Barb. Ch. Pr. 77. It is said to be optional when entered by a person who intervenes in the action to protect his own interests, though not joined as a party; conditional, when coupled with conditions as to its becoming or being taken as a general appearance; gratis, when made by a party to the action, but before the service of any process or legal notice to appear; de bene esse, when made provisionally or to remain good only upon a future contingency; subsequent. when made by a defendant after an appearance has already been entered for him by the plaintiff; corporal, when the person is physically present in court. thelawdictionary.org
  21. Practice. Signifies the filing common or special bail to the action. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  22. The appearance, with all other subsequent pleadings supposed to take placein court, should (in accordance with the ancient practice) purport to be in term time. It is to be observed, however, that though the proceedings are expressed as if occurring in term time, yet, in fact, much of the business is now done, in periods of vacation. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  23. The appearance of the parties is no longer (as formerly) by the actual presence in court, either by themselves or their attorneys; but, it must be remembered, an appearance of this kind is still supposed, and exists in contemplation of law. The appearance is effected on the part of the defendant (when be is not arrested) by making certain formal entries in the proper office of the court, expressing his appearance; 5 Watts & Serg. 215; 1 Scam. R. 250; 2 Seam. R. 462; 6 Port. R. 352; 9 Port. R. 272; 6 Miss. R. 50; 7 Miss. R. 411; 17 Verm. 531; 2 Pike, R. 26; 6 Ala. R. 784; 3 Watts & Serg. 501; 8 Port. R. 442; or, in case of arrest, it may be considered as effected by giving bail to the action. On the part of the plaintiff no formality expressive of appearance is observed. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  24. In general, the appearance of either party may be in person or by attorney, and, when by attorney, there is always supposed to be a warrant of attorney executed to the attorney by his client, authorizing such appearance. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  25. But to this general rule there are various exceptions; persons devoid of understanding, as idiots, and persons having understanding, if they are by law deprived of a capacity to appoint an attorney, as married women, must appear in person. The appearance of such persons must purport, and is so entered on the record, to be in person, whether in fact an attorney be employed or not. See Tidd's Pr. 68, 75; 1 Arch. Pract. 22; 2 John. 192; 8 John. 418; 14 John. 417; 5 Pick. 413; Bouv. Inst. Index, h. t. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  26. There must be an appearance in person in the following cases: 1st. An idiot can appear only in person, and as, a plaintiff he may sue in person or by his next friend 2d. A married woman, when sued without her hushand, should defend in person 3 Wms. Saund. 209, b and when the cause of action accrued before her marriage, and she is afterwards sued alone, she must plead her coverture in person, and not by attorney. Co. Litt. 125. 3d. When the party pleads to the jurisdiction, be must plead in person. Summ.on Pl. 51; Merrif. Law of Att. 58. 4th. A plea of misnomer must always be in person, unless it be by special warrant of attorney. 1 Chit. PI. 398; Summ. on PI. 50; 3 Wms. Saund. 209 b. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  27. An infant cannot appoint an attorney; he must therefore prosecute or appear by guardian, or prochein ami. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  28. A lunatic, if of full age, may appear by. attorney; if, under age, by guardian. 2 Wms. Saund. 335; Id. 332 (a) n. (4.) 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  29. When an appearance is lawfully entered by the defendant, both parties are considered as being in court. lmp. Pr. 215. And if the defendant pleads to issue, defects of process are cured but not, if he demurs to the process, (I Lord Raym. 21,) or, according to the practice of some courts, appears de bene esse, or otherwise conditionally. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  30. In criminal cases, the personal presence of the accused is often necessary. It has been held, that if the record of a conviction of a misdemeaner be removed by certiorari, the personal presence of the defendant is necessary, in order to move in arrest. of judgment: but, after a special verdict, it is not necessary that the defendant should be personally present at the argument of it. 2 Burr. 931 1 Bl. Rep. 209, S. C. So, the defendant must appear personally in court, when an order of bastardy is quashed and the reason is, he must enter into a recognizance to abide the order of sessions below. 1 Bl. Rep. 198. So, in a case, when two justices of the peace, having confessed an information for mishehaviour in the execution of their office, and a motion was made to dispense with their personal appearance, on their clerks undertaking in court to answer for their flues, the court declared the rule to be, that although such a motion was subject to the discretion of the court either to grant or refuse it, in cases where it is clear that the punishment would not be corporal, yet it ought to be denied in every case where it is either probable or possible that the punishment would be corporal; and therefore the motion was overruled in that case. And Wilmot and Ashton, Justices, thought, that even where the punishment would most probably be pecuniary only, yet in offences of a very gross and public nature, the persons convicted should appear in person, for the sake of example and prevention of the like offences being committed by other persons; as the notoriety of being called up to answer criminally for such offences, would very much conduce to deter others from venturing to commit the like. 3 Burr. 1786, 7. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  31. Act of appearing (in vbl senses); look, aspect; semblance; to all a. (so far as can be seen); save, keep up, aa. (outward semblance); apparition, phantom. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  32. n. Act of coming into sight; — phenomenon semblance, or apparent likeness —personal presence ; outward show or pretence ;—introduction to the public in a particular character; —the act by which a party places himself before the court, and submits to it. Cabinet Dictionary
  33. The act of coming into fight; the thing seen; semblance, not reality; outside, show; entry into a place or company; exhibition of the person to a court; prefence, mien; probability, likelihood. Complete Dictionary