- Historical a legislative assembly or any of its decrees
- [pl.] court sessions held periodically in each county of England to try civil and criminal cases
- [pl.] the time or place of such sessions
- an inquest, the writ instituting it, or the verdict
- a law regulating standards of price, measure, weight, ingredients, etc. for goods to be sold
- these standards
Origin of assizeMiddle English and Old French assise, court session from asseoir from Classical Latin assidere: see assess
- a. A judicial inquest, the writ by which it is instituted, or the verdict of the jurors.b. A decree or edict rendered at such an inquest.
- assizes a. One of the periodic court sessions formerly held in each of the counties of England and Wales for the trial of civil or criminal cases.b. The time or place of such sessions.
Origin of assizeMiddle English assise from Old French from past participle of asseoir to seat from Latin assidēre to sit beside ; see assiduous .
- A session or inquiry made before a court or jury.
- The verdict reached or pronouncement given by a panel of jurors.
- An assembly of knights and other substantial men, with a bailiff or justice, in a certain place and at a certain time, for public business.
- A statute or ordinance, especially one regulating weights and measures.
- the assize of bread and other provisions
- Anything fixed or reduced to a certainty in point of time, number, quantity, quality, weight, measure, etc.
- rent of assize
assize - Legal Definition
- Often spelled assizes: a session of a court or legislative body.
- The time or place of, or a law enacted by, such a session.
- A cause of action, especially one relating to the ownership or possession of land.
- A trial, especially one presided over by an itinerant judge and held in the county that is the location of the land, dispute, or crime in question.
- The jury at such a trial.
The action, or the trial or jury in an action, to determine the ownership of land.