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assize

noun as·size \ə-ˈsīz\

Definition of ASSIZE

1
a :  a judicial inquest
b :  an action to be decided by such an inquest, the writ for instituting it, or the verdict or finding rendered by the jury
2
a :  the former periodical sessions of the superior courts in English counties for trial of civil and criminal cases —usually used in plural
b :  the time or place of holding such a court, the court itself, or a session of it —usually used in plural
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Origin of ASSIZE

Middle English assise, from Anglo-French, session, legal action, from asseer, asseoir to seat, from Vulgar Latin *assedēre, from Latin assidēre to sit beside, assist in the office of a judge, from ad- + sedēre to sit — more at sit
First Known Use: 14th century

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