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puisne

[pyoo-nee] /ˈpyu ni/
adjective
1.
Law. younger; inferior in rank; junior, as in appointment.
noun
2.
an associate judge as distinguished from a chief justice.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French puis after (< Latin posteā) + ne born, past participle of naistre to be born (< Latin nāscere); cf. puny
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British Dictionary definitions for puisnest

puisne

/ˈpjuːnɪ/
adjective
1.
(esp of a subordinate judge) of lower rank
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French puisné born later, from puis at a later date, from Latin posteā afterwards + born, from naistre to be born, from Latin nascī
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Word Origin and History for puisnest

puisne

adj.

"junior," c.1300 in Anglo-Latin, from Old French puisné "born later, younger, youngest" (see puny).

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