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- n. A non-statutory monetary penalty or forfeiture.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The infliction of a penalty at the discretion of the court; also, a mulct or penalty thus imposed. It differs from a fine, in that the latter is, or was originally, a fixed and certain sum prescribed by statute for an offense; but an amercement is arbitrary. Hence, the act or practice of affeering. [See affeer.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of amercing, or the state of being amerced. In law, a pecuniary penalty inflicted on an offender at the discretion of the court.
- n. Also written amerciament.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. money extracted as a penalty
amerce + -ment (Wiktionary)