Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Mutual discourse; conference; parley.
  • noun In law:
  • noun In the old common law, leave to delay putting in a plea to the declaration, or other responsive pleading, until a future day; an extension of time to plead, founded on the representation or fiction that the applicant desired time to negotiate for a compromise.
  • noun The continuance of a cause till another day, or from day to day; extension of time to put in a response to the adversary's claim or defense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Mutual discourse; conference.
  • noun Time given to a party to talk or converse with his opponent, originally with the object of effecting, if possible, an amicable adjustment of the suit. The actual object, however, has long been merely to obtain further time to plead, or answer to the allegations of the opposite party.
  • noun Hence, the delay or continuance of a suit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete mutual discourse; conference
  • noun law, obsolete Time given to a party to talk or converse with his opponent, originally with the object of effecting, if possible, an amicable adjustment of the suit, but also used to obtain further time to plead or answer allegations.
  • noun obsolete, by extension The delay or continuance of a suit.

Etymologies

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Compare emparlance, parlance.

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