from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A determining. See oyer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a determining: as, oyer and terminer. See court of oyer and terminer, under oyer.


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  • Mr. Rich, as solicitor general, I appoint you and Mr. Cromwell to head a commission of oyer and terminer to investigate whether these offenses be true.

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  • Surtout quand tu dis a quelqu'un “hey je me suis faite un nouveau blog” et si l'adresse a le malheur de ne pas se terminer par “” bah on a des reactions assez diverses hihi

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  • Je voulais ecrire une note, je l'avais commencée mais tellement epuisé je l'ai effacée car je n'avais pas la force de la terminer mais je vous jure que je posterai quelque chose demain ...

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  • Ma mere qui me sort "oh ben c pas grave si tu peux pas terminer tes etudes ben tu chercheras du travail tout court"

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  • In Delaware, there were courts of oyer and terminer, and courts of general sessions and jail delivery.

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  • In 1683, Governor Dongan appointed him a judge of the court of oyer and terminer.161 In Massachusetts, too, most good lawyers in the generation after 1690 at one time or another held appointive office.162

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  • Some colonies borrowed from the English the idea of roving courts—courts of oyer and terminer and general gaol delivery.

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  • As the century progressed, the legal regime in Newfoundland was expanded to include customs officers (1739) and courts of vice-admiralty (1736), oyer and terminer (1750), and common pleas (1789).

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  • What Raleigh faced was actually a “special commission of oyer and terminer.”


  • On the other hand, the commissions of oyer and terminer were not known for their objectivity.



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