autrefois acquit

autrefois acquit
au·tre·fois acquit /'ō-trə-ˌfwä-/ n [Anglo-French, formerly acquitted]: a defendant's plea stating that he or she has already been tried for and acquitted of the same offense

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

autrefois acquit
n. French Formerly acquitted. A plea by a person indicted for a crime for which he or she had previously been tried and acquitted.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • autrefois acquit — n. claim that the accused has already been acquitted and therefore may not tried again for the same offense …   English contemporary dictionary

  • autrefois acquit — /ˌɔtəfɔɪz əˈkwɪt/ (say .awtuhfoyz uh kwit), /ˌoʊtrəfwa/ (say .ohtruhfwah) noun a plea to a prosecution, that the prisoner has already been tried for the same offence and has been acquitted. {French: formerly acquitted} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • autrefois acquit —    formerly acquitted ; Law, plea that defendant has already been acquitted on the charge …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • autrefois acquit — /owtrafwo akiy/°akwit/ Formerly acquitted. The name of a plea in bar to a criminal action, stating that the defendant has been once already indicted and tried for the same alleged offense and has been acquitted. See double jeopardy …   Black's law dictionary

  • autrefois acquit — /owtrafwo akiy/°akwit/ Formerly acquitted. The name of a plea in bar to a criminal action, stating that the defendant has been once already indicted and tried for the same alleged offense and has been acquitted. See double jeopardy …   Black's law dictionary

  • autrefois acquit — Formerly acquitted; a plea of one accused of crime setting up his previous acquittal of the same offense as a bar to further prosecution. Potter v State, 91 Fla 938, 109 So 91, 92. See prior jeopardy …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • autrefois acquit —  ̷ ̷ō.trəfˌwä(ˌ)aˈkē noun Etymology: Anglo French, formerly acquitted : a defendant s plea alleging previous trial and acquittal of the same offense …   Useful english dictionary

  • acquit — ac·quit /ə kwit/ vb ac·quit·ted, ac·quit·ting [Old French acquiter to pay off, absolve, acquit, from a , prefix marking causation + quite free (of an obligation)] vt: to discharge completely: as a: to release from liability for a debt or other… …   Law dictionary

  • autrefois convict — n [Anglo French, formerly convicted]: a defendant s plea stating that he or she has already been tried for and convicted of the same offense Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. autrefois convict …   Law dictionary

  • acquit — [ aki ] n. m. • XIIe; de acquitter ♦ Reconnaissance écrite d un paiement. ⇒ décharge, quittance . Pour acquit : mention (avec date et signature) portée sur un document attestant un paiement. ♢ Loc. Par acquit de conscience : pour décharger… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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