Frankpledge meaning

frăngkplĕj
An Anglo-Saxon legal system in which units or tithings composed of ten households were formed, in each of which members were held responsible for one another's conduct.
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A member of a unit in frankpledge.
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The system in old English law which made each man in a tithing responsible for the actions of other members.
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A member under this system.
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The tithing.
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A legal system, based on tithings, in Anglo-Saxon England, in which members were held responsible for each other's conduct.
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A member of such a tithing.
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Origin of frankpledge

  • Middle English frankplegge from Anglo-Norman frauncpledge Old French franc free, frank frank1 Old French plege pledge pledge

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