Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In English law, formerly, one who neglected for two years to perform the service by which he held lands, so that he incurred the danger of the writ of cessavit. See cessavit.
- n. An assessor or taxer.
- n. law In English law, one who is dilatory, negligent, and delinquent in his duty or service, and who thereby incurred the danger of the law, and was liable to have the writ of cessavit brought against him.
- n. obsolete One who determined the amount of a cess; an assessor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) One who neglects, for two years, to perform the service by which he holds lands, so that he incurs the danger of the writ of cessavit. See cessavit.
- n. obsolete An assessor.
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“His progress was notably slower than that of his prede-cessor.”
“It was a bad idea; like his own teacher he would train his own suc-cessor.”
“At this mo - ment there came into existence a violent anti-Platonic literature which made Plato appear as the true prede - cessor of the detestable Rousseau.”
“Bruno may also be mentioned as a supporter and suc - cessor of Nicholas of Cusa; his works abound in Neo -”
“In theology, as in so much of its life, the twentieth century has been in sharp revolt against its prede - cessor — as the nineteenth was against the eighteenth.”
“Each of the yugas differs from its prede - cessor much as the Ages of Hesiod did, in that wicked - ness and general evil grow greater.”
“It is noteworthy though, that the second century B.C., as if to almost show that it was not entirely down and out, produced the astronomer Hipparchus, famed dis - coverer of the precession of the equinoxes; and that the second century A.D., as if to lay claim to being indeed a “good” century, brought forth his great “suc - cessor” Claudius Ptolemy, author of the majestic”
“Like his prede - cessor, Babbitt sought too neat a compartmentalization not only of art forms but of genre.”
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