Essoin
Essoin Es*soin"or Essoign Es*soign, n. [OF. essoine, essoigne, F. exoine, L. essonia, exonia; pref. ex- (L. ex from) + sunnis, sunnia, sonia, hindrance, excuse. Cf. Icel. syn refusal, synja to deny, refuse, Goth. sunja truth, sunj[=o]n to justify, OS. sunnea impediment, OHG. sunna.] 1. (Eng. Law) An excuse for not appearing in court at the return of process; the allegation of an excuse to the court. [1913 Webster]

2. Excuse; exemption. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

From every work he challenged essoin. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{Essoin day} (Eng. Law), the first general return day of the term, on which the court sits to receive essoins. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]


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  • Essoin — Es*soin , v. t. [OF. essoinier, essoignier, essonier, LL. essoniare, exoniare. See {Essoin}, n.] (Eng. Law) To excuse for nonappearance in court. I ll not essoin thee. Quarles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Essoin — In old English law, an essoin is an excuse for nonappearance in court. Essoining is the seeking of the same. The person sent to deliver the excuse to the court is an essoiner or essoineur.cite book|title=A New Law Dictionary and… …   Wikipedia

  • essoin — v. /asoyn/ In old English practice, to present or offer an excuse for not appearing in court on an appointed day in obedience to a summons; to cast an essoin. This was anciently done by a person whom the party sent for that purpose, called an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • essoin — v. /asoyn/ In old English practice, to present or offer an excuse for not appearing in court on an appointed day in obedience to a summons; to cast an essoin. This was anciently done by a person whom the party sent for that purpose, called an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • essoin — noun Etymology: Middle English essoine, from Anglo French, from essonier to offer an essoin, from es ex + *soigne legal excuse, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Saxon sunnea denial, Old English sōth truth more at sooth Date: 14th century 1. an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Essoin — An excuse given for not attending a court. Illness, absence in the king s service or being on *pilgrimage were common and acceptable reasons, since an essoin prevented a case from continuing …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • essoin — I. noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English essoine, from Middle French essoine, essoigne, from Medieval Latin essonia, essonium, exonium, from Latin ex + Late Latin sonium care, worry 1. English law a. : an excuse for not appearing in court at the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • essoin — /i soyn /, n. (in England) an excuse for nonappearance in a court of law at the prescribed time. [1300 50; ME essoine < AF, OF essoigne, essoine, n. deriv. of essoinier to put forward such an excuse, v. deriv. (with es EX ) of sogne, ult. < Old… …   Universalium

  • Essoin — A legal excuse for not being in court, such as being on pilgrimage, illness, king’s service, etc. ♦ Excuse for non attendance in court, or delay permitted a defendant. (Gies, Frances and Joseph. Life in a Medieval Village, 244) ♦ The allegation… …   Medieval glossary

  • essoin — es·soin …   English syllables

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