handhabend

adjective
hand·hab·end
variants: or handhaving \ˈ⸗ˌ⸗⸗ \

Definition of handhabend 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having possession of stolen goods used in Old English law of a thief caught with the loot

handhabend

noun
\ " \
variants: or handhaving \" \
plural -s

Definition of handhabend (Entry 2 of 2)

: the jurisdiction to try a handhabend thief

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History and Etymology for handhabend

Adjective

handhabend from Middle English, from Old English handhabbend, from hand, hond hand + habbend, present participle of habben to have

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