Compurgation



[kom-per-gey-shuh n] /ˌkɒm pərˈgeɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
an early common-law method of trial in which the defendant is acquitted on the sworn endorsement of a specified number of friends or neighbors.
/ˌkɒmpɜːˈɡeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(law) (formerly) a method of trial whereby a defendant might be acquitted if a sufficient number of persons swore to his innocence

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