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Meaning of MAINPRISE

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Main"prise\, n. [F. main hand + prise a taking, fr.
    prendre, p. p. pris to take, fr. L. prehendere, prehensum.]
    (Law)
    (a) A writ directed to the sheriff, commanding him to take
        sureties, called mainpernors, for the prisoner's
        appearance, and to let him go at large. This writ is now
        obsolete. --Wharton.
    (b) Deliverance of a prisoner on security for his appearance
        at a day.
    
    
  2. \Main"prise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mainprised}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Mainprising}.] (Law)
    To suffer to go at large, on his finding sureties, or
    mainpernors, for his appearance at a day; -- said of a
    prisoner.
    
    
 

 

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