Mainprise definition

(law, historical) A writ directed to the sheriff, commanding him to take sureties, called mainpernors, for the prisoner's appearance, and to let him go at large.
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(law, historical) Deliverance of a prisoner on security for his appearance at a day.
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(law) To allow (a prisoner) to go at large, on his finding sureties, or mainpernors, for his appearance on a given day.
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Origin of mainprise

  • From French main (“hand”) + prise (“a taking”), from prendre (“to take”), from Latin prehendo (“I take”)

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