Assize meaning

ə-sīz
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Court sessions held periodically in each county of England to try civil and criminal cases.
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An inquest, the writ instituting it, or the verdict.
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Often spelled assizes: a session of a court or legislative body.
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The time or place of, or a law enacted by, such a session.
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The jury at such a trial.
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The action, or the trial or jury in an action, to determine the ownership of land.
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The time or place of such sessions.
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A session or inquiry made before a court or jury.
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The verdict reached or pronouncement given by a panel of jurors.
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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.
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A statute or ordinance, especially one regulating weights and measures.

The assize of bread and other provisions.

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Anything fixed or reduced to a certainty in point of time, number, quantity, quality, weight, measure, etc.

Rent of assize.

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A legislative assembly or any of its decrees.
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A cause of action, especially one relating to the ownership or possession of land.
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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.
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Origin of assize

  • Middle English assise from Old French from past participle of asseoir to seat from Latin assidēre to sit beside assiduous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French assises (sat), Latin assidereassize in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

    From Wiktionary