ex·​cuss | \ ikˈskəs, ek- \

Definition of excuss

1 obsolete : to shake off or out : discard
2 obsolete : to investigate as if by shaking out : discuss
3 : to proceed against (a principal debtor) before falling back on a surety

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History and Etymology for excuss

Latin excussus, past participle of excutere, from ex- ex- entry 1 + -cutere (from quatere to shake)

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“Excuss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excuss. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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