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- adv. In the form of a pauper.
- n. A request to have a court waive filing fees in a civil action because the plaintiff is a pauper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the character of a pauper. Courts of equity having discretionary power to award or refuse costs adopted the practice of granting leave to sue, without liability to costs in case of unsuccess, to suitors showing a good cause of action, and making oath to poverty, the privilege being confined to those not having above £5 or $20. The power to grant such leave is now generally extended by statute to common-law courts, and in some jurisdictions the limit has been increased.
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