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puisne

[ pyoo-nee ]

adjective

  1. Law. younger; inferior in rank; junior, as in appointment.


noun

  1. an associate judge as distinguished from a chief justice.

puisne

/ ˈpjuːnɪ /

adjective

  1. (esp of a subordinate judge) of lower rank


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Word History and Origins

Origin of puisne1

1590–1600; < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French puis after (< Latin posteā ) + ne born, past participle of naistre to be born (< Latin nāscere ); puny

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Word History and Origins

Origin of puisne1

C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French puisné born later, from puis at a later date, from Latin posteā afterwards + born, from naistre to be born, from Latin nascī

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Example Sentences

After a quarter of a century of successful practice he was appointed 1808 a puisne judge of the Supreme Court.

We must look to quality, and not to weight, for the six puisne judges, as we should call them in the courts.

Puisne, pū′ne, adj. (law) younger or inferior in rank, applied to certain judges in England.

After them came the Ricks-Senators in their order, the puisne first.

Yes, it was the robing and unrobing room of the puisne judges, the magistrates, right enough!

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