on someone's own recognizance

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on someone's own recognizance

US, law
:on the basis of a promise to do what the court instructs
  • He was released on his own recognizance.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

recognizance play
  1. : an obligation of record entered into before a court or magistrate requiring the performance of an act (such as appearance in court) usually under penalty of a money forfeiture

  2. : the sum liable to forfeiture upon such an obligation

  3. : token, pledge


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