Legal Definition and Related Resources of Office

Meaning of Office

A position of duty, trust or authority especially in the public service or in some corporation , society or the like. there is also a corresponding right to exercise the public or private employment and to take the fees or emoluments belonging thereto.

Office Alternative Definition

A right to exercise a function or employment, and take the fees and emoluments belonging to it. 3 Serg. & R. (Pa.) 149; 23 Ind. 449; 36 Miss. 273. The term is ordinarily used with respect to the power conferred on individuals to exercise public functions, and in this connection public oflfice is a more discriminating term. An office in this sense implies a delegation of a part of the sovereign power to an individual. See 3 Me. 481. The office exists and survives as an entity apart from the incumbent (28 Cal. 382; 29 Ohio St. 347), but it has been said that the essence of the office is the power and jurisdiction of the officer (62 Pa. St. 343). Offices are either civil or military. Civil offices are either executive, judicial, or legislative.

Synonyms of Office


  • appointment
  • assigned task
  • berth
  • billet
  • bureau
  • business
  • capacity
  • charge
  • duty
  • employment
  • function
  • incumbency
  • job
  • munus
  • occupation
  • officium
  • partes
  • place of business
  • place of employment
  • position
  • post
  • profession
  • role
  • service
  • situation
  • station
  • trade
  • trust
  • work
  • work place
  • Associated Concepts: impeachment from public office
  • malfeasance in office
  • misconduct in office
  • misfeasance in office
  • neglect of duty
  • nonfeasance in office
  • removal from office
  • vacancy in office foreign phrases: Officium nemini aebet esse damnosum
  • An office ought to be injurious to no one
  • Nemo duobusutaturofficiis
  • No one should hold two offices at the same time
  • Officia judicialia non concedantur antequam vacent
  • Judicial offices are not to be granted or appointed before they become vacant

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Abdication, Administration, Appoint, Appointment, Benefice, Branch, Candidate, Chapel, Color Of Authority, Color Of Office, Commissary, Commission, Constable, Lord High, Disclaim, Disclaimer, Election, Emolument, Enrolled Bill Rule, Equivalent, Executor De Son Tort, Extortion, Graft, , Impeach, Impeachment, Incumbent, Information, Inhibition, Inquest, Installation, Judge, Judgment Lien, Law Lords, Letter, Malfeasance, Misbehavior, Nomination, Nominee, Officer, Official, Oppression, Perfect, Praecipe, Preferential Voting, Primaries, Prime Minister, Privy Council, Protectorate, Qualification, Qualify, Quasi Judicial, Quo Warranto, Recall, Record, Registered Mark, Resignation, Retire, Slander Per Se, Special Election, Succession, Successors, Summons, Tenure.

Translate Release Assistance Office from English to Spanish

Translation of Release Assistance Office , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Oficina de excarcelación and other legal terms is available here.


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English Spanish Translation of Office

To hold office: Ejercer un cargo

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Legal English Vocabulary: Office in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term office into Spanish: oficina (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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  • Business
  • Company
  • Corporation
  • Enterprise



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