audiencia

noun
au·​di·​en·​cia | \ ˌau̇dēˈen(t)sēə, -nch(ē)ə \
plural -s

Definition of audiencia

1a : a tribunal in which the sovereign of Spain gave personal attention to matters of justice
b : an ecclesiastical or secular court representing the sovereign of Spain
2 : a high court of justice in a Spanish colony frequently exercising military power as well as judicial and political functions
3 : a provincial or territorial high court in modern Spain
4 : the jurisdiction of an audiencia

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History and Etymology for audiencia

Spanish, literally, hearing, from Latin audientia

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“Audiencia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/audiencia. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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