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: an excuse for not appearing in an English law court at the appointed time
: excuse, delay
14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English essoine, from Anglo-French, from essonier to offer an essoin, from es- ex- + *soigne legal excuse, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Saxon sunnea denial, Old English sōth truth — more at sooth
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