Having decision making power over someone’s assets

I am trying to translate the German word “verfügen” or “Verfügung” in its legal sense into English. In dictionaries, I only find the translation of “to dispose” or “disposition”, as in the “power of disposition”, but this just doesn’t seem right to me. I understand “to dispose of” basically to mean “to get rid of … Read more

Someone who is granted access to information but not expected to read it

I’m looking for word for a person who handles records, but isn’t expected to read them. I’m creating a list of positions within an organization who should have access to certain records. Alongside the people who need to actually read these records, there are other people who handle the records as a practical matter. These … Read more

What is “first modify” in the following piece from a license text?

“You may redistribute the source code of this program subject to the condition that you do not first modify it in any way” Answer ‘First’ is used to mean ‘beforehand’, so a condition for redistributing the source code is that you don’t alter it before redistribution. AttributionSource : Link , Question Author : Max G. … Read more

Term for the neglect of a child or animal

I am looking for a term describing the neglect of a living being under one’s responsibility, such as a child or animal. Spontaneously I thought of court procedures, with the sad cases of children being neglected, which I believe is categorised as child abuse. The same applies for pets and livestock. Abuse may imply things … Read more

Using before the fact in multiple contexts

The terms “before the fact” and “after the fact” are usually used in a legal sense, as in, accessory before the fact, (and similarly, accessory after the fact), to indicate a person aiding or abetting a crime before it is actually committed. My question is, can these terms be used in a non-legal context, as … Read more

Repeat/repeated offender

In legal talk, specifically regarding criminals, it is standard usage to call someone who has broken the law several times a “repeat offender.” However, I don’t understand why such a person wouldn’t be called a “repeated offender.” Indeed, I have found somewources that use “repeated offender,” but these sources appeared to be English-language newspapers from … Read more