docimacy

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docimacy
"judicial inquiry into the character of aspirants for office or citizenship," especially in ancient Athens, 1801, from Gk. dokimasia "assay, proving, examination," from stem of dokimazein "to test, prove," from dokimos "proven, genuine," lit. "accepted," related to dekhesthai "to take, accept," cognate
with L. decere "to be seemly or fitting" (see decent).
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