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assize

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noun as·size \ə-ˈsīz\

Definition of assize

  1. 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. 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



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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