[ pyoo-nee ]
/ ˈpyu ni /


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


an associate judge as distinguished from a chief justice.

Origin of puisne

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


(esp of a subordinate judge) of lower rank

Word Origin for puisne

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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