beneficium excussionis

noun 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


Definition of beneficium excussionis

Roman, civil, & Scots law

  1. :  the right of a surety being sued to compel the suing creditor to sue the principal first —called also benefit of discussion

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of 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

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up beneficium excussionis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!