What is Stale?

Legal Definition
adj. In the language of the courts of equtty, a "stale" claim or demand Is one which has not been pressed or asserted for so long a time that the owner or creditor is chargeable with laches, and that changes occurring meanwhile in the relative situation of the parties or the intervention of new interests or equities, would render the enforcement of the claim or demand against conscience. See The Galloway C. Morris, 2 Abb. In S. 164, 9 Fed. Cas. 1,111; King v. White, 63 Vt. 158, 21 Atl. 535, 25 Am. St Rep. 752; Ashurst v. Peck, 101 Ala. 499, 14 South. 541; The Harriet Ann, 11 Fed. Cas. 597.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
n. In Saxon law. Larceny. Wharton.
-- Black's Law Dictionary