verb (used with object) Law.

to take possession of (goods) by legal authority.

Nearby words

  1. excusable,
  2. excusatory,
  3. excuse,
  4. excuse me,
  5. excuse-me,
  6. excussio,
  7. excycloduction,
  8. excyclophoria,
  9. excystation,
  10. exeat

Origin of excuss

1560–70; < Latin excussus, past participle of excutere to shake out, drive out, send forth, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -cussus, combining form of quassus, past participle of quatere to shake; disturb

Related formsex·cus·sion, noun

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