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- noun law :
Archaic practiceby which a person accusedof a crimecould provehis innocenceby his survivalof physically painful tests.
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- noun a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was usually taken as a sign of innocence
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