archaic At a stage of pregnancy when movements of the fetus have been felt.
- By the present Law, this offence is divided into two classes: the capital offence being where the woman shall be quick with child.
- In the criminal context, women convicted of capital crimes were permitted to plead that they were quick with child, and to have this claim tested by a group of six women.
- A woman is usually considered to be ‘quick‘with child around the fourth month of pregnancy.
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