Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old English law, an excuse for not appearing in court to defend an action on the day appointed for that purpose; the alleging of such an excuse.
- n. Excuse; exemption.
- n. One who is excused for non-appearance in court on the day appointed.
- In law, allowed for the appearance of suitors: an epithet applied to the first, three days of a term, now disused.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eng. Law) An excuse for not appearing in court at the return of process; the allegation of an excuse to the court.
- n. obsolete Excuse; exemption.
- v. (Eng. Law) To excuse for nonappearance in court.
- Old French essoinier, essoignier, essonier, Latin essoniare, exoniare. (Wiktionary)
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