from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, an error in pleading or other proceeding, or the acknowledgment of a mistake or an oversight.
Here we see—alas!—a jeofail: a jeofail in the shape of a misrecital.
These being such as he would be allowed to correct at the time, if he had declared 'jeofail,' or in other words, 'I have failed in my plea, and pray leave to plead it over again.'
This word comes from the Anglo-Norman 'jeo fail,' I am at fault.