dedimus

noun de·di·mus \ˈdedēməs, ˈdād-\
variants: or

dedimus potestatem

\-ˌpōtəˈstätəm, -pätəˈstāt-\

Definition of dedimus

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at date


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