wager of law

Definition of wager of law

: a form of defense under early English law in which a sworn defendant denied the guilt or indebtedness charged or claimed and presented a group of usually eleven compurgators who swore that they believed the defendant's statement was true

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History and Etymology for wager of law

translation of Medieval Latin vadiatio legis

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“Wager of law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wager%20of%20law. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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