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terminer

n.

"a determining," legal term, from French terminer "to end," from Latin terminare (see terminus; cf. also oyer).

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  • For that reason I refuse to sit in the court of oyer and terminer with those gentlemen.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • No courts of Oyer and terminer, at vast expense to the people.

    The Abominations of Modern Society Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
  • Courts in which crimes are tried are sometimes called courts of oyer and terminer.

    The Government Class Book Andrew W. Young
  • It was to be expected, then, that they should insist that none but themselves should sit on the new court of oyer and terminer.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • The test came in December, 1718, when the court of oyer and terminer was about to begin its session.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • The season, and manner of doing it, is such, that the Court of Oyer and terminer count themselves thereby dismissed.

  • So far as the records show, no action was taken until the trial began in Oyer and terminer.

    Henry Hudson Thomas A. Janvier
  • Mr. Russel asked, whether the Court of Oyer and terminer should sit, expressing some fear of inconvenience by its fall.

  • The court of oyer and terminer consists of all the judges except the chancellor.

    The Government Class Book Andrew W. Young
  • In each county a court of sessions was to meet twice a year, and the Court of Oyer and terminer annually.

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