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British Dictionary definitions for deraign



verb (tr) obsolete
  1. law to contest (a claim, suit, etc)
  2. to arrange (soldiers) for battle
Derived Formsderaignment or darraignment, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French deraisnier to defend, from Vulgar Latin ratiōnāre (unattested) to reason
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Historical Examples

  • If it had not, the question was ended; if it had, then we could proceed to deraign to those properly entitled to it.

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