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[mit-uh-muh s] /ˈmɪt ə məs/
noun, plural mittimuses. Law.
a warrant of commitment to prison.
a writ for removing a suit or a record from one court to another.
Origin of mittimus
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin: we send, first word of such a writ; see remit Unabridged
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  • I still called to have the mittimus read; for that signified the cause of my commitment.

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  • He would not show us that, but caused a mittimus to be made, which mentioned that we "were to have had a meeting."

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  • With this mittimus he delivered us to the constables to convey us to Leicester jail.

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  • “Then,” said he, “I must commit you;” and ordered his clerk to make a mittimus.

  • He never once took his eyes off Palmer as he read the mittimus.

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  • The magistrate then directed his clerk to make out the mittimus.

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  • Whereat that my mittimus must be made, and I sent to the gaol, there to lie till the quarter sessions.

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  • I called for a constable, and made a mittimus to send him to Newgate, thinking he would discover the truth.

  • Sir T. Aleyn told me he must make a mittimus for him and his wife: said she, Do you send me of your errands?

  • What he said for himself, I know not; but he had his mittimus, and took the left-hand way at parting.

British Dictionary definitions for mittimus


noun (pl) -muses
(law) a warrant of commitment to prison or a command to a jailer directing him to hold someone in prison
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: we send, the first word of such a command
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