Etymology
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assize (n.)

"session of a law court," c. 1300 (attested from mid-12c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French assise "session, sitting of a court" (12c.), noun use of fem. past participle of asseoir "to cause to sit," from Latin assidere/adsidere "to sit beside" (and thus to assist in the office of a judge), "sit with in counsel or office," from ad "to" (see ad-) + sedere "to sit" (from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit"). Originally of all legal proceedings of the nature of inquests or recognitions; hence its use for sessions held periodically in each county of England to administer civil and criminal justice.

updated on September 27, 2022

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