from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To excuse for failure to appear in court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An excuse for not appearing in court at the return of process; the allegation of an excuse to the court.
  • n. Excuse; exemption.
  • transitive v. To excuse for nonappearance in court.

from The 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.


Old French essoinier, essoignier, essonier, Latin essoniare, exoniare. (Wiktionary)


  • 3 From every work he challenged essoin, challenged essoin > claimed exemption (another legal term) 4 For contemplation's sake: yet otherwise

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01


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