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adminicle

Line breaks: ad¦min|icle
Pronunciation: /ədˈmɪnɪk(ə)l
 
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Definition of adminicle in English:

noun

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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

adminicular

1
Pronunciation: /admɪˈnɪkjʊlə/
adjective
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.

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