de medietate linguae


de me·​di·​e·​ta·​te lin·​guae
of a jury
: constituted half of aliens and half of citizens or subjects
referring to an arrangement that before 1870 might be claimed in an English civil or criminal case by one alien born or by a foreign merchant

Word History


Latin, (composed) of half of (one's own) tongue

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“De medietate linguae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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