Definitions matter. When reading a document, make certain you know the definition of the word for the setting in which the document was created–a legal document, a letter written by a relative, etc. When using words yourself in your own writing, make certain you are aware of the word’s meaning and are using it in the right context and not implying something that you do not mean to.
After all, genealogists don’t want to create more confusion than there sometimes already is.
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