Docimacy Doc"i*ma*cy, n. [Gr. ? an assay, examination, fr. ? to examine (Metals), fr. ? assayed, tested, fr. ? to take, approve: cf. F. docimasie.] The art or practice of applying tests to ascertain the nature, quality, etc., of objects, as of metals or ores, of medicines, or of facts pertaining to physiology. [1913 Webster]

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  • docimacy — (n.) judicial inquiry into the character of aspirants for office or citizenship, especially in ancient Athens, 1801, from Gk. dokimasia assay, proving, examination, from stem of dokimazein to test, prove, from dokimos proven, genuine, lit.… …   Etymology dictionary

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