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The loss of rights because of a failure to assert them over a lengthy period of time. This is similar to a statute of limitations, but the time period is not established by statute, but by court interpretation and the particular circumstances of the case.

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To my unutterable amazement and disgust, they contained locks of hair, let neatly into the center of each page, with inscriptions beneath, which proved them to be love-tokens from various ladies who had touched the Major's susceptible heart at different periods of his life.
"And yet they were trying to read the inscription on the plate."
I would have turned away from it, had not an inscription on the picture drawn me nearer.
I cannot adequately relate my astonishment at this uncommon inscription! The meagre but sufficient identification of the deceased; the impudent candor of confession; the brutal anathema; the ludicrous change of sex and sentiment--all marked this record as the work of one who must have been at least as much demented as bereaved.
The inner walls of the church were placarded with large mural tablets of copper, bearing engraved inscriptions celebrating the merits of old Heilbronn worthies of two or three centuries ago, and also bearing rudely painted effigies of themselves and their families tricked out in the queer costumes of those days.
The andesite stone with inventory number 04.0493, found near the graveyard of dukuh Tlasri, desa Giyanti, kecamatan Temanggung, kabupaten Temanggung, bears an inscription on one face, which has been flattened and provided with a frame wherein a text of nine lines has been engraved.
It appears to have been made relatively recently as the inscription is fresh and unpatinated.
weight 4250mm * 1500mm (logo inscription: minskenergo energosbyt) * - 7 pcs.
Excavations in Paphos this year have unearthed a major discovery of a very small size -- a piece of pottery with an inscription that shows that the ancient kings of Paphos kept an economic archive.
Le nombre des nouveaux inscrits au registre des electeurs a atteint 68552 personnes au gouvernorat de Sfax depuis le lancement de la campagne d'incitation et de sensibilisation a l'inscription le 10 avril dernier, selon l'Instance regionale independante des elections (IRIE) a Sfax1 et Sfax2.
Researchers showed that both inscriptions were done by the artist who 'used his left hand to write the inscription in 'mirror writing' on the front, while he used his right hand to pen the inscription on the back in ordinary writing,' the Uffizi said in a statement.
A more than 1,000-year-old inscription stone, made during the reign of Jayavarman IV between 921 and 941, was handed over by a local pagoda to the Svay Rieng provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts on Monday for preservation.