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soke

[sohk] /soʊk/
noun, Early English Law.
1.
the privilege of holding court, usually connected with the feudal rights of lordship.
2.
a district over which local jurisdiction was exercised.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-Latin soca < Old English sōcn attack, right of prosecution, jurisdiction (see soken); akin to sake1, seek
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soke

/səʊk/
noun (English legal history)
1.
the right to hold a local court
2.
the territory under the jurisdiction of a particular court
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn a seeking; see seek
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Word Origin and History for soke
n.

"right of jurisdiction," Old English socn "jurisdiction, prosecution," literally "seeking," from Proto-Germanic *sokniz, from PIE *sag-ni-, from root *sag- "to seek out" (see seek). Related: Sokeman; sokemanry.

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