Definition of adminicle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈmɪnɪk(ə)l/


Scots Law
A document giving evidence as to the existence or contents of another, missing document.
Example sentences
  • The trial judge took the view that the police officer's evidence of the defendant's being visibly shocked could be regarded as an adminicle independent of the defendant's evidence.
  • It can form one of the (at least) two adminicles of evidence that must exist before it can hold that the person who committed the crime was the accused.



Pronunciation: /admɪˈnɪkjʊlə/
Example sentences
  • He came: he found the islanders beside themselves at this unwelcome resurrection of the dead and the detested; he was shown, as adminicular of testimony, the traveller's uncouth and thick-soled boots.
  • The adjective, of course, is adminicular, which I intend to use whenever maximum obfuscation is desired.


Mid 16th century: from Latin adminiculum 'prop, support'.

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