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- n. A creditor's voluntary surcease of personal execution in behalf of a debtor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Scots law: A private agreement among creditors, under a trust-deed and accession, that they will supersede or sist diligence for a certain period.
- n. A judicial act by which the court, where it sees cause, grants a debtor protection against diligence, without consent of the creditors.
-- Sir Arthur and Miss Wardour will have the goodness to step into the parlour -- Mr. Sweepclean, _secede paulisper, _ or, in your own language, grant us a supersedere of diligence for five minutes -- Hector, draw off your forces, and make your bear-garden flourish elsewhere -- and, finally, be all of good cheer till my return, which will be _instanter. _ "