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mainprise

noun main·prise \ˈmānˌprīz\

Definition of mainprise

plural

-s

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of mainprise

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 — more at manual, prize (act of capturing)


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mainprise

transitive verb main·prise \"\

Definition of mainprise

-ed/-ing/-s

  1. :  to release or procure the release of on mainprise

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Origin and Etymology of mainprise

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


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