adminicle

noun
ad·​min·​i·​cle | \ ad-ˈmi-nə-kəl, əd- \
plural -s

Definition of adminicle

1 : support, auxiliary to serve as an adminicle of the senate the adminicles of modern culture
2 [Medieval Latin adminiculum, from Latin]
a law : corroborative or explanatory proof
b Scots law : any writing tending to establish the existence or terms of a lost document

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First Known Use of adminicle

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adminicle

Latin adminiculum support, prop, perhaps from ad- + -miniculum (from minae pinnacle of a wall + -iculum, diminutive suffix)

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“Adminicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adminicle. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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