dedimus

noun
de·​di·​mus | \ˈdedēməs, ˈdād-\
variants: or dedimus potestatem \-​ˌpōtəˈstätəm, -​pätəˈstāt-​ \

Definition of dedimus 

: a writ to commission a private person to perform some act in place of a judge (as to examine a witness)

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History and Etymology for dedimus

dedimus from Middle English, from Latin, we have given, 1st person plural perfect indicative of dare to give; dedimus potestatem from Latin, we have given the power; from the use of these words in the writ

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