main·​prise | \ ˈmānˌprīz\
plural -s

Definition of mainprise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


transitive verb
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Definition of mainprise (Entry 2 of 2)

: to release or procure the release of on mainprise

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History and Etymology for 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 (act of capturing)

Transitive verb

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

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