Excuss Ex*cuss", v. t. [L. excussus. p. p. of excutere to shake off; ex out, from + quatere to shake. Cf. {Quash}.] 1. To shake off; to discard. [R.] [1913 Webster]

To excuss the notation of a Geity out of their minds. --Bp. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster]

2. To inspect; to investigate; to decipher. [R.] [1913 Webster]

To take some pains in excusing some old monuments. --F. Junius (1654). [1913 Webster]

3. To seize and detain by law, as goods. [Obs.] --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • excuss — excussion, n. /ik skus /, v.t. Law. to take possession of (goods) by legal authority. [1560 70; < L excussus, ptp. of excutere to shake out, drive out, send forth, equiv. to ex EX 1 + cussus, comb. form of quassus, ptp. of quatere to shake;… …   Universalium

  • excuss — verb a) (Uncommon) To examine (a document). b) To proceed against a principal debtor where there are either joint debtors or debtors and sureties. See Also: beneficium excussionis, excussion, division …   Wiktionary

  • excuss — v. get rid of, discard; seize by law (goods or property); examine, inspect; investigate; decipher …   English contemporary dictionary

  • excuss — ex·cuss …   English syllables

  • excuss — To seize and detain by law …   Black's law dictionary

  • excuss — To seize and detain by law …   Black's law dictionary

  • excuss — To seize goods under process of a court …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • excuss — ikˈskəs, ek transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ es) Etymology: Latin excussus, past participle of excutere, from ex ex (I) + cutere (from quatere to shake) more at quash 1. obsolete : to shake off or …   Useful english dictionary

  • Exception — (v. lat.), 1) so v.w. Ausnahme; daher Exceptionsgesetze, in Widerspruch mit den Grundgesetzen, zur Erreichung besonderer Zwecke auf eine bestimmte Zeit erlassene Verordnungen. Exceptionell, eine Ausnahme enthaltend; Exceptiv, ausnehmend,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • excussio — /ek skush ee oh /, n. Civil Law. the exhausting of every remedy against a principal debtor before proceeding against a surety. [ < LL excussio. See EXCUSS, ION] * * * …   Universalium

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