from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of or relating to a ten-year period.
- noun A period of ten years; a decade.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A period of ten years.
- Consisting of or involving ten each; relating to a tithing.
- noun In old English law, a tithing consisting of ten freeholders and their families.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A period of ten years.
- noun (O. Eng. Law) A tithing consisting of ten neighboring families.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
periodof ten years.
- noun UK, law, obsolete A
tithingconsisting of ten neighbouring families.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a period of 10 years
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
And therefore, anciently, no man was suffered to abide in England above forty days, unless he were enrolled in some tithing or decennary.
Thirty-one days were allowed them for producing the criminal; and if that time elapsed without their being able to find him, the borsholder, with two other members of the decennary, was obliged to appear, and, together with three chief members of the three neighboring decennaries,
The administration of justice, in particular, by the courts of the decennary, the hundred, and the county, was well calculated to defend general liberty, and to restrain the power of the nobles.
The borsholder summoned together his whole decennary to assist him in deciding any lesser differences which occurred among the members of this small community.
If he fled, either before or after finding sureties, the borsholder and decennary became liable to inquiry, and were exposed to the penalties of law.
When any person, in any tithing or decennary, was guilty of a crime, the borsholder was summoned to answer for him; and if he were not willing to be surety for his appearance, and his clearing himself, the criminal was committed to prison, and there detained till his trial.
And beside these monthly meetings of the hundred, there was an annual meeting, appointed for a more general inspection of the police of the district; for the inquiry into crimes, the correction of abuses in magistrates, and the obliging of every person to show the decennary in which he was registered.
Sure, i got going on my decennary review way back when others had actual contemporary ideas to work on (though possibly not as early as Pitchfork), but they're fast catching up a mere six weeks from the cut-off point for hurried evaluation.
(making twelve in all,) to swear that his decennary was free from all privity, both of the crime committed, and of the escape of the criminal.
If the borsholder could not find such a number to answer for their innocence, the decennary was compelled by fine to make satisfaction to the king, according to the degree of the offence. [