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Claimant

A party to an explicit or implicit contract.
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Just as Morse, who was the sole inventor of the American telegraph in 1837, was confronted by sixty-two rivals in 1838, so Bell, who was the sole inventor in 1876, found himself two years later almost mobbed by the "Tichborne claimants" of the telephone.
But even after this defeat for the claimants, the frolic was not wholly ended.
The currents are too feeble"; second, Gray the CONVERT, who wrote frankly to Bell in 1877, "I do not claim the credit of inventing it"; and third, Gray the CLAIMANT, who endeavored to prove in 1886 that he was the original inventor.
Any sort of claimant, with any sort of wild tale of prior invention, could find a speculator to support him.
The second claimant stooped quickly beneath the lifted hunting-crop.
The law is clear: it doth not require the claimant to prove ye are slaves, it requireth you to prove ye are not."
The ideas of chivalrous honour, which, amidst his wildness and levity, never utterly abandoned De Bracy, prohibited him from doing the knight any injury in his defenceless condition, and equally interdicted his betraying him to Front-de-B uf, who would have had no scruples to put to death, under any circumstances, the rival claimant of the fief of Ivanhoe.
I attended carefully to his wants and amusements, but not, I own, with the same devoted fondness as before, because I could not feel it; besides, I had now another claimant on my time and care - my ailing infant, for whose sake I frequently braved and suffered the reproaches and complaints of his unreasonably exacting father.
Colonel Pyncheon, the claimant, as we gather from whatever traits of him are preserved, was characterized by an iron energy of purpose.
He heard Fanshaw add that his country was full of such quaint fables and idioms; it was the very home of romance; he even pitted this part of Cornwall against Devonshire, as a claimant to the laurels of Elizabethan seamanship.
A wise man will extend this lesson to all parts of life, and know that it is the part of prudence to face every claimant and pay every just demand on your time, your talents, or your heart.
Benefits claimants are being faced with a sudden drop in income with no way back under the government's Universal Credit (UC) changes, MPs have warned.