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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A certificate given to one who prosecutes a felon to conviction, exempting him from certain parish and ward offices.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A certificate formerly given to the prosecutor of a felon to conviction, the original proprietor or first assignee of it being exempted by a statute of William III,from all parish and ward offices within the parish or ward where the felony had been committed.


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