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- n. The process or proceedings whereby a creditor must proceed against a principal debtor before proceeding against a surety or subsidiary debtor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of excusing; seizure by law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of excussing, discussing, unfolding, or deciphering; discussion.
- n. A seizing by law; in civil law, the act of exhausting legal proceedings against a debtor or his property, before proceeding against the property of a person secondarily liable for the debt; discussion.
Latin excussus (past participle of excutere ("to shake off")). (Wiktionary)