beneficium excussionis

beneficium ex·​cus·​si·​o·​nis | \ -(ˌ)ek-sku̇-sē-ˈō-nəs, -ˌskə-sē-ˈo-, -shē- \
variants: or beneficium discussionis \ -​də-​sku̇-​sē-​ˈō-​nəs , -​ˌskə-​sē-​ˈo-​ , -​shē-​ \ or beneficium ordinis \ -​ˈȯr-​də-​nəs \

Definition of beneficium excussionis

Roman, civil, & Scots law
: the right of a surety being sued to compel the suing creditor to sue the principal first

called also benefit of discussion

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History and Etymology for beneficium excussionis

beneficium excussionis from Medieval Latin, right of discussion; beneficium discussionis from Latin, right of discussion; beneficium ordinis from Late Latin, right of rank

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