AID

AID

AID.abbr.

1. See artificial insemination by donor under ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION .

2. UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

aid, n. Hist.

1. A subsidy or tax granted to the king for an extraordinary purpose.

¡ª Also termed grant-in-aid.

2. A benevolence or tribute (i.e., a sum of money) granted by the tenant to his lord in times of difficulty and distress. ? Over time, these grants grew from being discretionary to matters of right. The three principal aids were: (1) to ransom the lord’s person if he was taken prisoner; (2) to contribute toward the ceremony of knighting the lord’s eldest son; and (3) to provide a suitable portion to the lord’s eldest daughter when she married.

3. Assistance in defending a lawsuit in which the plaintiff also has a claim against an unsued third party having a joint interest in the defense.


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