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[pree-myoo-nahy-ree] /ˌpri myuˈnaɪ ri/
noun, English Law.
a writ charging the offense of resorting to a foreign court or authority, as that of the pope, and thus calling in question the supremacy of the English crown.
the offense.
the penalty of forfeiture, imprisonment, outlawry, etc., incurred.
Origin of praemunire
late Middle English
1375-1425; short for Medieval Latin praemūnīre faciās (for Latin praemonēre faciās that you cause (the person specified) to be forewarned), the operative words of the writ; praemūnīre to warn (Latin: protect, literally, fortify); replacing late Middle English premunire facias < Medieval Latin, as above. See prae-, muniment Unabridged
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noun (English history)
a writ charging with the offence of resorting to a foreign jurisdiction, esp to that of the Pope, in a matter determinable in a royal court
the statute of Richard II defining this offence
Word Origin
C14: from the Medieval Latin phrase (in the text of the writ) praemūnīre faciās, literally: that you cause (someone) to be warned in advance, from Latin praemūnīre to fortify or protect in front, from prae in front + mūnīre to fortify; in Medieval Latin the verb was confused with Latin praemonēre to forewarn
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