[ pree-myoo-nahy-ree ]
/ ˌpri myuˈnaɪ ri /
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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.
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Origin of praemunire

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
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British Dictionary definitions for praemunire

/ (ˌpriːmjʊˈnaɪərɪ) /

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 for praemunire

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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