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plural -s
: an undertaking given to a magistrate or court that even without having an accused in custody one will be liable for the appearance of the accused on a fixed day to defend any and all charges to be brought against him compare bail


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transitive verb

: to release or procure the release of on mainprise

Word History



Middle English meinprise, from Anglo-French, from mainprendre to accept surety, from Old French main hand (from Latin manus) + prendre (past participle pris) to take (act of capturing)

Transitive verb

Middle English mainprisen, meinprisen, from Anglo-French meinprise, noun

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“Mainprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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