I don't think in the 1780's it needed to be defined. I believe there is a dictionary of that era that also had it clearly defined. I don't have a link to that but I do remember reading about it. I don't think the founders defined it much like they didn't define many words within the constitution. They did specifically write the constitution so that any common man could understand it. I don't think they anticipated that our vocabulary would falter and diminish 230 years later. If you read even civil war letters from the average soldiers of that time you see how much better their vocabulary was compared to an average person today. It's sad really...how far we've fallen.
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