Liege poustie
Liege Liege (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann. 1253, ``ligius homo quod Teutonic[`e] dicitur ledigman,'' i. e., uni soli homagio obligatus, free from all obligations to others; influenced by L. ligare to bind. G. ledig perh. orig. meant, free to go where one pleases, and is perh. akin to E. lead to conduct. Cf. {Lead} to guide.] 1. Sovereign; independent; having authority or right to allegiance; as, a liege lord. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

She looked as grand as doomsday and as grave; And he, he reverenced his liege lady there. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. serving an independent sovereign or master; bound by a feudal tenure; obliged to be faithful and loyal to a superior, as a vassal to his lord; faithful; loyal; as, a liege man; a liege subject. [1913 Webster]

3. (Old Law) Full; perfect; complete; pure. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

{Liege homage} (Feudal Custom), that homage of one sovereign or prince to another which acknowledged an obligation of fealty and services.

{Liege poustie} [L. legitima potestas] (Scots Law), perfect, i. e., legal, power; specif., having health requisite to do legal acts.

{Liege widowhood}, perfect, i. e., pure, widowhood. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


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  • liege poustie — ˈlēj|püstē, pau̇s noun Etymology: Middle English lege pouste, from Middle French lige poestí, lige pousté, literally, liege power : the state of good health requisite under Scots law to the exercise of full legal powers especially in the transfer …   Useful english dictionary

  • liege poustie — (Law) condition or state of a person who is in his regular health and capacity; condition of complete health requisite to do legal acts …   English contemporary dictionary

  • liege poustie — The condition of a person s health prerequisite to his freedom in alienating his property either by deed or by will …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Liege — (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann. 1253, ligius… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Liege homage — Liege Liege (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Liege widowhood — Liege Liege (l[=e]j), a. [OE. lige, lege, F. lige, LL. ligius, legius, liege, unlimited, complete, prob. of German origin; cf. G. ledig free from bonds and obstacles, MHG. ledec, ledic, lidic, freed, loosed, and Charta Ottonis de Benthem, ann.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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