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Definitions of gist

  1. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A resting place. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The main point, as of a question; the point on which an action rests; the pith of a matter; as, the gist of a question. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The substance of a matter; main point; object. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The main point or pith of a matter. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Main point, pith of a matter. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The main point; substance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The main point of a question or argument; the essence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The main point of a question; that on which it rests or turns; point to arrive at. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. In pleading. The essential ground or object of the action in point of law, withoutwhich there would be no cause of action. Gould. PI. c. 4, thelawdictionary.org
  12. Pleading. Gist of the action is the essential ground or object of it, in point of law, and without which there is no cause of action. Gould on Pl. c. 4, §12. But it is observable that the substance or gist of the action is not always the principal cause of the plaintiff Is complaint in point of fact, nor that on which he recovers all or the greatest part of his damages. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  13. It frequently bappens that upon that part of his declaration which contains the substance or gist of the, action, he only recovers nominal damages, and he gets his principal satisfaction on account of matter altogether collateral thereto. A familiar instance of this is the case where a father sues the defendant for a trespass for the seduction of his daughter. The gist of the action is the trespass, and the loss of his daughter's services, but the collateral cause is the injury done to his feelings, for which the principal damages are given. In stating the substance or gist of the action, every thing must be averred which is necessary to be proved at the trial. Vide 1 Vin. Ab. 598; 2 Phil. Ev. 1, note. See Bac. Abr. Pleas, B; Doct. P. 85. See Damages, special, in pleading; 1 Vin. At. 598; 2 Phil. Ev. 1, n. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  14. jist, n. the main point or pith of a matter. [From an old French proverb, 'I know where the hare lies'--i.e. I know the main point--O. Fr. gist (Fr. gît)--O. Fr. gesir (Fr. gésir), to lie--L. jac[=e]re.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. See Giste of action. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  16. n. [French, Latin] The main point of a question; the point on which an action rests; the pith of a matter. Cabinet Dictionary

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