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Civil Law. Originally and chiefly in Louisiana: the legal act of giving or conferring something; something legally given or conferred. Frequently in "dation in payment": something other than money given in order to discharge a debt; payment in kind. Compare earlier dation en paiement.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin datiōn-, datiō act of giving, donation, gift, (of money, property) handing over, transfer, payment, act of allotting or assigning, in post-classical Latin also (of medicine) dose from dat-, past participial stem of dare to give + -iō.
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