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- n. In many legal systems, the highest court of appeal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the highest court of appeal in France, which has power to quash (Casser) or reverse the decisions of the inferior courts.
Calque of French cour de cassation, from cour ("court") + de ("of") + cassation, from the verb casser ("to break"), indicating the power of such a court to quash the ruling of the court below. (Wiktionary)