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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A writ to commission private persons to do some act in place of a judge, such as to examine a witness, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A writ to commission private persons to do some act in place of a judge, as to examine a witness, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a writ to commission one who is not a judge to do some act in place of a judge, as to examine a witness, etc. The Latin form of the writ began “Dedimus potestatem,” we have given power.

Etymologies

Latin dedimus ("we gave"), from do ("I give"). So called because the writ began "Dedimus potestatem […] ". (Wiktionary)

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