Degree (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
Extent, measure, or scope of an action, condition, or relation. Legal extent of guilt or NEGLIGENCE. Title conferred on graduates of school, college, or university. The state or civil condition of a person. The grade or distance one thing may be removed from another; i.e., the distance, or number of removes that separate two persons who are related by consanguinity. Thus, a sibling is in the second degree of kinship but a parent is in the first degree of kinship.
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