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 for sign(a)
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SIGNA, civil law. Those species of indicia (q.v.) which come more 
  immediately under the cognizance of the senses, such as stains of blood on 
  the person of one accused of murder, indications of terror at being charged 
  with the offence, and the like. 
       2. Signa, although not to be rejected as instruments of evidence, 
  cannot always be relied upon as conclusive evidence, for they are frequently 
  explained away; in the instance mentioned the blood may have been that of a 
  beast, and expressions of terror have been frequently manifested by innocent 
  persons who did not possess much firmness. See Best on Pres. 13, n. f.; 
  Denisart, h.v. 

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