Petit jury
Petit Pet"it, a. [F. See {Petty}.] Small; little; insignificant; mean; -- Same as {Petty}. [Obs., except in legal language.] [1913 Webster]

By what small, petit hints does the mind catch hold of and recover a vanishing notion. --South. [1913 Webster]

{Petit constable}, an inferior civil officer, subordinate to the high constable.

{Petit jury}, a jury of twelve men, impaneled to try causes at the bar of a court; -- so called in distinction from the grand jury.

{Petit larceny}, the stealing of goods of, or under, a certain specified small value; -- opposed to grand larceny. The distinction is abolished in England.

{Petit ma[^i]tre}. [F., lit., little master.] A fop; a coxcomb; a ladies' man. --Goldsmith.

{Petit serjeanty} (Eng. Law), the tenure of lands of the crown, by the service of rendering annually some implement of war, as a bow, an arrow, a sword, a flag, etc.

{Petit treason}, formerly, in England, the crime of killing a person to whom the offender owed duty or subjection, as one's husband, master, mistress, etc. The crime is now not distinguished from murder. [1913 Webster]


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  • petit jury — petit juror. /pet ee/, Law. See petty jury. [1490 1500] * * * or trial jury Group chosen from the citizens of a district to try a question of fact at issue in a trial. Though petit juries in England and the U.S. historically have contained 12… …   Universalium

  • petit jury — n: a jury of twelve persons that is impaneled to try and to decide the facts at issue in a trial compare grand jury Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. pet …   Law dictionary

  • petit jury — [pet′ē] n. a group of twelve citizens picked to weigh the evidence in and decide the issues of a trial in court: distinguished from GRAND JURY …   English World dictionary

  • petit jury — noun a jury of 12 to determine the facts and decide the issue in civil or criminal proceedings • Syn: ↑petty jury • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑jury • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • petit jury — o jurado ordinario Grupo de personas elegido entre los ciudadanos de un distrito para juzgar una cuestión de hecho que se discute en juicio. Aunque a lo largo de la historia en Inglaterra y EE.UU. los petit juries han estado integrados por 12… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • petit jury — jury made up of fewer members than a regular jury …   English contemporary dictionary

  • petit jury — A trial jury; otherwise known as a traverse jury or a common jury. 31 Am J Rev ed Jur § 2. See jury …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • petit jury — /pɛti ˈdʒʊəri/ (say petee joouhree) noun → petty jury. –petit juror, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • petit jury — noun A regular trial jury, assembled to determine criminal or civil liability. Syn: petty jury …   Wiktionary

  • petit jury — noun Date: 15th century a jury of 12 persons impaneled to try and to decide finally upon the facts at issue in causes for trial in a court …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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