hand down

verb

Definition of hand down

1 : to transmit in succession (as from father to son)
2 : to make official formulation of and express (the opinion of a court)

First Known Use of hand down

1651


Law Dictionary

hand down

transitive verb

legal Definition of hand down

1 : to deliver (the decision or opinion of an appellate court) to the proper office of an inferior court
2 : to make an official formulation of and announce (the decision of a court)

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