DE VENTRE INSPICIENDO

Definition of DE VENTRE INSPICIENDO in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DE VENTRE INSPICIENDO

A writ to inspect the body, where a woman feigns to be pregnant, to see whether she is with child. It lies for the heir presumptive to examine a widow suspected to be feigning pregnancy in order to enable a supposititious heir to obtain the estate. 1 Bl. Comm. 456; 2 Steph. Comm. 287. It lay also where a woman sentenced to death pleaded pregnancy. 4 Bl. Comm. 395. This writ has been recognized in America. 2 Chand. Crim. Tr. 381.

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