Legal Definition and Related Resources of Year

Meaning of Year

The calendar year commences on the first day of January ending with the thirty-first day of December. A year consists of twelve calendar months or three hundred and sixty-five days in an ordinary year, with three hundred and sixty-six days in a leap year. Guaranty Trust and S. D. Co. v. Bud- dington, 27 Fla. 215, 9 So. 246.

Year Alternative Definition

The period in which the revolution of the earth around the sun, and the accompanying changes in the order of nature, are completed. The civil year differs from the astronomical, the latter being composed of three hundred and sixty-five days, five hours, forty-eight seconds and a fraction, while the former consists sometimes of three hundred and sixty-five days, and at others, in leap years, of three hundred and sixtysix days. The year is divided into half-year, which consists, according to Coke (Litt. 135b), of one hundred and eighty-two days; and quarter of a year, which consists of ninetyone days (Id.; 2 Rolle, Abr. 521, lib. 40). It is further divided into twelve months. The civil year commences immediately after 12 o’clock at night of the thirty-first day of December, that is the first moment of the first day of January, and ends at midnight of the thirty-first day of December twelve months thereafter. See Comyn, Dig. Annus; 2 Bl. Comm. 140, note; Chit. Prac. Index. “Time.” In computing time by the calendar year, days are not counted, but the calendar is examined and the day numerically corresponding to that day in the following year is ascertained, and the calendar year expires on that day less one. 209 111. App. 320. 279 111. 408. Unless from the context or otherwise a different intent is gathered, the word “year” when used in a statute is construed to mean a calendar year. 104 Iowa 204; 104 Iowa 293. In New York it is enacted that whenever the term “year” or “years” is or shall be used in any statute, deed, verbal or written contract, or any public or private instrument whatever, the year intended shall be takeji to consist of three hundred and sixty-five days; half a year, of a hundred and eighty-two days; and a quarter of a year, of ninety-two days; and the day of a leap year, and the day immediately preceding, if they shall occur in any period so to be computed, shall be reckoned together as one day. Rev. St. pt. 1, c. 19, tit. 1, § 3.

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Year in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

In legislative and judicial proceedings, in absence of another system of recording, the Christian calendar is intended.

Note: This legal definition of Year in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.


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  • Annus
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