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amercement


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amercement  \A*merce"ment\,  n.  [OF.  amerciment.] 
  The  infliction  of  a  penalty  at  the  discretion  of  the  court; 
  also  a  mulct  or  penalty  thus  imposed.  It  differs  from  a 
  fine,in  that  the  latter  is  or  was  originally,  a  fixed  and 
  certain  sum  prescribed  by  statue  for  an  offense;  but  an 
  amercement  is  arbitrary.  Hence  the  act  or  practice  of 
  affeering  [See  {Affeer}.]  --Blackstone. 
 
  Note:  This  word  in  old  books,  is  written  amerciament. 
 
  {Amercement  royal},  a  penalty  imposed  on  an  officer  for  a 
  misdemeanor  in  his  office.  --Jacobs. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  amercement 
  n  :  money  extracted  as  a  penalty  [syn:  {fine},  {mulct}] 




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