no·tice 1 n
1 a: a notification or communication of a fact, claim, demand, or proceeding see also process, service
◇ The requirements of when, how, and what notice must be given to a person are often prescribed by a statute, rule, or contract.
b: awareness of such a fact, claim, demand, or proceeding
actual notice
1: actual awareness or direct notification of a specific fact, demand, claim, or proceeding
had actual notice of the meeting – called also express notice;
2: implied notice in this entry
constructive notice: notice that one exercising ordinary care and diligence as a matter of duty would possess and esp. that is imputed by law rather than from fact
held to have constructive notice of the prior recorded deed compare recording act
express notice: actual notice (1) in this entry
implied notice: notice that is imputed to a party having knowledge of a fact or circumstance that would cause a reasonable party to inquire further or having possession of a means of knowing a particular fact and that is considered a form of actual notice – called also inquiry notice;
notice by publication: notice published in a public medium (as a newspaper) that is used, allowed, or required esp. in matters of public concern, land, or estates or after due diligence in attempting personal service of process
2: actual notice in this entry
3: constructive notice in this entry
4: something (as information) that would cause a reasonable party to inquire further see also implied notice in this entry
5: a written document containing notice
filed a notice of appeal
6: recognition or attention esp. by a court see also judicial notice
notice 2 vt no·ticed, no·tic·ing
1: to make known through notice
appeals noticed for the coming session
a noticed shareholder meeting
2: to recognize formally
in a civil action or proceeding, the court shall instruct the jury to accept as conclusive any fact judicially noticedFederal Rules of Evidence Rule 201(g)
3: to serve a notice to; also: to bring about by means of notice
allowed to notice a deposition from the other party
notice 3 adj: of, relating to, or being a recording act in which a party having an interest in property has priority over any earlier unrecorded claims of which the party had no notice compare pure race, race-notice

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (announcement) noun bulletin, circular, communication, communique, declaration, decree, denuntiatio, disclosure, dispatch, enlightenment, enunciation, flier, information, memorandum, mention, message, news, note, notification, presentation, proclamation, promulgatio, pronouncement, publicity, release, reminder, report, revelation, statement associated concepts: legal notice, notice of appeal, notice of appearance, notice of claim, notice of motion, notice of protest, public notice foreign phrases:
- Notitia dicitur a noscendo; et notltia non debet claudicare. — Notice is named from a knowledge being had, and notice ought not to be imperfect
II (heed) noun absorption, advertence, advertency, alertness, animadversio, attention, attentiveness, care, careful attention, carefulness, cautel, caution, cautiousness, circumspection, cognizance, consideration, discernment, engrossment, guard, needfulness, mindfulness, notatio, observance, observation, recognition, regard, regardfulness, scrutiny, surveillance, thought, vigil, vigilance, wariness, watch, watchfulness associated concepts: judicial notice foreign phrases:
- De minimis non curat lex. — The law is not concerned with trifling matters
III (warning) noun admonishment, admonition, caution, caveat, commination, communication, counsel, dehortation, denuntiatio, forewarning, monition, premonishment, prenotification, ultimatum associated concepts: absence of notice, actual notice, adequate notice, constructive notice, due notice, explicit notice, express notice, implied notice, imputed notice, notice of disallowance, notice to appear, notice to vacate, proper notice, reasonable notice, requisite notice, timely notice, verified notice, written notice IV (give formal warning) verb address a warning to, advise, apprise, communicate, convey knowledge to, denuntiatio, direct attention to, disclose, divulge, entrust with information, forewarn, formally advise, give fair warning, give information, give warning, impart knowledge of, impart to, inform, instruct, make a formal proclamation, make acquainted with, make an announcement, make known, make mention of, make public, notify, offer a word of caution, pass on information, promulgatio, publish, put on one's guard, reveal, warn associated concepts: notice a deposition, notice a hearing V (observe) verb acknowledge, animadvertere, appreciate, ascertain, assess, attend to, be attentive, be conscious of, become aware of, become conscious of, behold, call attention to, cognize, comment, detect, discern, discover, distinguish, elucidate, examine closely, examine intently, give heed to, glance at, hear, heed, inspect, investigate, look, look at, mark, mention, notatio, note, observe, occupy oneself with, pass under review, pay attention, perceive, pore over, realize, recognize, regard, review, scrutinize, see, sight, spot, take cognizance, take into account, take into consideration, take stock of, view, watch, witness VI index admonition, advice, appreciate (comprehend), attend (heed), caution (warning), caveat, character (reputation), citation (charge), comment, consider, declaration, detect, discern (detect with the senses), disclosure (something disclosed), dispatch (message), dun, find (discover), hear (perceive by ear), heed, information (facts), intelligence (news), issuance, monition (warning), notification, observation, observe (watch), perceive, perception, pierce (discern), pronouncement, publication (disclosure), publicity, recognition, recognize (perceive), regard (attention), regard (pay attention), report (detailed account), symptom, ultimatum, witness (have direct knowledge of)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Notification; warning or knowledge that a fact exists or that something will occur.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Information that one person gives to another, alerting the other party of the first party's intentions. Notice of a lawsuit or petition for a court order begins with personal service on the defendants (delivery of notice to the person) of the complaint or petition, together with a summons or order to appear (or file an answer) in court. In a noncourt setting, notice can simply be a written statement of intentions, as when a landlord terminates a tenancy by serving a termination notice on the tenant.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

In contract law, formal notification that the contract is to terminate at the end of a specified period. The contract will usually specify the amount of notice required. In employment law, the contract may also provide that the employer can pay the employee in lieu of giving notice (known as a PILON). The ERA 1996 also sets out statutory minimum notice periods based on the length of the employee's service.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 A state of awareness of a fact or thing, as required by law or contract.
2 A communication seeking to make its recipient aware of a fact or thing, as required by law or contract.
@ actual notice
Notice personally received by the person for whom it was intended.
@ constructive notice
Notice deemed to have been received by a party, due to publicly known facts or events of which that party had a duty to be aware.
@ implied notice
Notice deemed to have been received by a party, due to his or her knowledge of other information that should have led that party to become aware of the matter in question.
@ inquiry notice
Notice deemed to have been received by a party, due to the party's knowledge of other information that would have caused a reasonable person to inquire further.
@ judicial notice
Notice taken by a court that a fact is so obvious, well-known or commonly accepted that no proof is required to establish that fact; for example, judicial notice may be taken of the fact that many people died during the events of September 11, 2001, without proof being necessary as to the actual death of such persons.
+ judicial notice n. Regarding evidence, the court's acceptance of the truth of certain universally admitted facts without the necessity of proof.
@ personal notice
Actual notice received directly by the person for whom it was intended.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Information; knowledge of certain facts or of a particular state of affairs. The formal receipt of papers that provide specific information.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Information; knowledge of certain facts or of a particular state of affairs. The formal receipt of papers that provide specific information.
II Formal notification to the party that has been sued in a civil case of the fact that the lawsuit has been filed. Also, any form of notification of a legal proceeding.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) information, usually in writing in all legal proceedings, of all documents filed, decisions, requests, motions, petitions, and upcoming dates. Notice is a vital principle of fairness and due process in legal procedure and must be given to both parties, to all those affected by a lawsuit or legal proceeding, to the opposing attorney and to the court. In short, neither a party nor the court can operate in secret, make private overtures or conceal actions. Notice of a lawsuit or petition for a court order begins with personal service on the defendants (delivery of notice to the person) of the complaint or petition, together with a summons or order to appear (or file an answer) in court. Thereafter, if a party is represented by an attorney, notice can usually be given to the attorney by mail. If there is a so-called ex parte hearing (an emergency session with a judge with only the requesting party or his/her attorney present) the party wanting the hearing must make a diligent attempt to give notice to the other party. A court may allow "constructive" notice by publication in an approved legal newspaper of a summons in a lawsuit. Examples: in a divorce action, publication gives constructive notice to a spouse known to have left the state or hiding to avoid service; in a quiet title action, notice by publication is given to alert unknown descendants of a dead person who may have had an interest in the real property which is the subject of a lawsuit. Recordation of deeds, mortgages, deeds of trust, easements, leases and other documents affecting real property title give "constructive" notice to the general public, and thus "constructive" notice to anyone interested in the property, without delivering notice to individuals.
   2) a writing informing a party to a contract, promissory note, lease, rental agreement or other legal relationship of a delinquency in payment, default, intent to foreclose, notice to pay rent or quit (leave) or other notice required by the agreement, mortgage, deed of trust or statute.
   3) information.
   4) being informed of a fact, or should have known based on the circumstances, as "he had notice that the roof was not water-tight."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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