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essoin

[ih-soin] /ɪˈsɔɪn/
noun
1.
(in England) an excuse for nonappearance in a court of law at the prescribed time.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English essoine < Anglo-French, Old French essoigne, essoine, noun derivative of essoinier to put forward such an excuse, verbal derivative (with es- ex-) of sogne, ultimately < Old Low Franconian *sunnja legal excuse, care (compare Old Saxon sunnea, Old Norse syn denial, Gothic sunja truth)
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