Excuss meaning

To examine (a document).
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(law) To seize and detain by law.
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(law) To proceed against a principal debtor where there are either joint debtors or debtors and sureties.

The surety claimed relief in terms of the beneficium excussionis, thus obliging the creditor to excuss against the principal debtor.

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To shake off.
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Origin of excuss

  • Latin excussus (past participle of excutere (“to shake off”)).

    From Wiktionary