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pignus

[pig-nuh s] /ˈpɪg nəs/
noun, plural pignora
[pig-ner-uh] /ˈpɪg nər ə/ (Show IPA).
Roman and Civil Law.
1.
property held as security for a debt.
2.
the contract containing such a pledge.
Origin of pignus
< Latin: literally, pledge
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  • To take pledges, "pignora capere," was to seize something that belonged to a man in order to compel the discharge of a duty.

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