LETTERS PATENT. The name of an instrument granted by the government to
convey a right to the patentee; as, a patent for a tract of land; or to
secure to him a right which he already possesses, as a patent for a new
invention or discovery; Letters patent are a matter of record. They are so
called because they are not sealed up, but are granted open. Vide Patent.
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