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compurgation

Saltos de línea: com|pur¦ga¦tion
Pronunciación: /ˌkɒmpəːˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definición de compurgation en inglés:

sustantivo

[mass noun] Law , historical
Acquittal from a charge or accusation obtained by statements of innocence given by witnesses under oath.
Example sentences
  • Kichynman claimed he had already cleared himself of this charge through compurgation.
  • The Anglo-Saxon preference for compurgation, as proof of guilt or innocence, persisted and only gradually gave way to trial by jury.
  • In the absence of positive evidence of guilt, and sometimes despite of it, the accused was bound to clear himself by compurgation or by the ordeal.

Origen

mid 17th century: from medieval Latin compurgatio(n-), from Latin compurgare, from com- (expressing intensive force) + purgare 'purify' (from purus 'pure').

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