usually, -ssizes. a trial session, civil or criminal, held periodically in specific locations in england, usually by a judge of a superior court.
an edict, ordinance, or enactment made at a session of a legislative -ssembly.
an inquest before members of a jury or -ssessors; a judicial inquiry.
an action, writ, or verdict of an -ssize.
the last -ssize; the great -ssize.
a statute for the regulation and control of weights and measures or prices of general commodities in the market.
historical examples

so they were committed for trial at the liverpool -ssizes, to be holden some time in the present month.
p-ssages from the english notebooks, volume 2 nathaniel hawthorne

i find that the -ssizes will be here, in alston, at the end of next month.
orley farm anthony trollope

if he had been tried at the -ssizes, i would have gone there.
the widow lerouge emile gaboriau

i have come to see a man called robert tryst, waiting for trial at the -ssizes.
the freelands john galsworthy

and as to galway, we may gather the state of affairs from the report of a case tried at the winter -ssizes of 1912.
is ulster right? anonymous

he then had notice for the summer -ssizes at warwick; and so on.
a budget of paradoxes, volume i (of ii) augustus de morgan

at hull the -ssizes had only been held once in seven years, and afterwards once in three.
the english utilitarians, volume i. leslie stephen

here the -ssizes are held, in a range of buildings erected for that purpose.
the expedition of humphry clinker tobias smollett

professional business took me to the -ssizes during your second trial.
the stowmarket mystery louis tracy

the -ssizes will open this evening in the forum at 6.30 sharp.
the master of the sh-ll talbot baines reed

plural noun
(formerly in england and wales) the sessions, usually held four times a year, of the princ-p-l court in each county, exercising civil and criminal jurisdiction, attended by itinerant judges: replaced in 1971 by crown courts
(in the us)

a sitting of a legislative -ssembly or administrative body
an enactment or order of such an -ssembly

(english history) a trial or judicial inquest, the writ inst-tuting such inquest, or the verdict
(scots law)

trial by jury
another name for jury1


“session of a law court,” c.1300 (attested from mid-12c. in anglo-latin), from old french -ssise “session, sitting of a court” (12c.), properly fem. past participle of -sseoir “to cause to sit,” from latin -ssidere (see -ssess). originally “all legal proceedings of the nature of inquests or recognitions;” hence sessions held periodically in each county of england to administer civil and criminal justice.

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