American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lower in rank; junior.
- n. One of lesser rank than another, especially an associate judge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law, younger or inferior in rank.
- Same aspuny, 2.
- n. A junior; an inferior; specifically, in law, a judge of inferior rank.
- adj. law Inferior in rank. A puisne justice of a court is a judge other than the chief justice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- French puisné, now obsolete form of puîne, contraction of puis ("later") + né ("born"). Related to puny. (Wiktionary)
- Old French puisne : puis, afterward (ultimately from Latin post; see apo- in Indo-European roots) + ne, born (from Latin nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To him no doubt more than one puisne judge, suffragan bishop, member of parliament, or cabinet minister today owe their careers, and each and every one of their youthful peccadilloes went with Arthur to his grave, which, incidentally, is under a pretty gum tree on the southeast side of the Bulpadock.”
“Memoir by the Honorable Sir John Peter Grant, Kt. of the reasons which induced him to resign his commission of one of His Majesty's puisne justices of the Supreme Court of Judicature, Bombay by John Peter Grant”
“Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Appeal; High Court (chief justice appointed by the president, puisne judges appointed on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission); magistrate's courts”
“MalawiSupreme Court of Appeal; High Court (chief justice appointed by the president, puisne judges appointed on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission); magistrate's courts”
“After being a supernumerary for twelve years, M. Popinot would no doubt die a puisne judge of the Court of the Seine.”
“Madras — her quarrel with Lady Smith, wife of Sir Minos Smith the puisne judge, is still remembered by some at Madras, when the”
“All who had for five years filled the office of puisne judge.”
“Judgments in the field of human rights, in particular by former and serving Zimbabwean chief justices, judges of appeal and puisne judges, were in many instances of international standing.”
“Striking magistrates are demanding the judiciary implements better conditions of service and higher salaries as done with puisne and supreme court judges.”
“Mr Justice Botha was appointed Judge-President of the Orange Free State Provincial Division twenty-two months after he had been appointed to the Bench, and at a time when he was junior to most of his colleagues on the Bench and to twenty-eight other puisne judges in the country.”
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