autrefois acquit

noun
au·​tre·​fois acquit | \ ˈō-trə-ˌfwä- \

Legal Definition of autrefois acquit

: a defendant's plea stating that he or she has already been tried for and acquitted of the same offense

History and Etymology for autrefois acquit

Anglo-French, formerly acquitted

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“Autrefois acquit.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/autrefois%20acquit. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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