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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“Handhabend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handhabend. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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