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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“Dedimus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dedimus. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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