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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Donation

Meaning of Donation


Donation Alternative Definition

In ecclesiastical law. A mode of acquiring a benefice by deed of gift alone, without presentation, institution, or induction. 3 Steph. Comm. 81. The act by which the owner of a thing voluntarily transfers the title and possession of the same from himself to another person, without any consideration. Ind. N. & S. R. R. Co. V. City of Attica, 56 Ind. 486. A donation, as defined by the civil law, is a contract whereby a person gratuitously dispossesses himself of something by transferring it to another to be his property, who accepts it. It is a contract or agreement, and must be accepted by the donee, otherwise it would be a mere offer. It must also be gratuitous, because otherwise, it would be a sale or exchange. 43 Texas, 343.

Synonyms of Donation


  • alms
  • benefaction
  • bequest
  • bestowment
  • bounty
  • charity
  • contribution
  • dispensation
  • donum
  • dotation
  • endowment
  • gift
  • grant
  • gratuity
  • handout
  • impartation
  • impartment
  • largess
  • munificence
  • offering
  • philanthropy
  • present
  • presentation
  • provision
  • subsidy
  • subvention
  • Associated Concepts: charitable donation
  • donation deed
  • donation causa mortis
  • donation of land
  • gratuitous donation
  • special donation

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Meaning of Donation in Political Science

A very basic notion of Donation related to the United States’election law is provided here: A gift or contribution


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