adjective see amerce

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • amerciable — adj. criminally responsible; punishable …   English contemporary dictionary

  • amerciable — amer·ci·a·ble …   English syllables

  • amerciable — adjective of a crime or misdemeanor; punishable by a fine set by a judge • Similar to: ↑illegal • Derivationally related forms: ↑amerce …   Useful english dictionary

  • amerce — transitive verb (amerced; amercing) Etymology: Middle English amercien, from Anglo French amercier, from Old French a merci at (one s) mercy Date: 15th century to punish by a fine whose amount is fixed by the court; broadly punish • amercement… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • amerce — (v.) 1215, earlier amercy, Anglo Fr. amercier to fine, from merci mercy, grace (see MERCY (Cf. mercy)). The legal phrase estre a merci to be at the mercy of (a tribunal, etc.) was corrupted to estre amercié in an example of how a legalese… …   Etymology dictionary

  • amerce —   v.t. obsolete punish, especially by fine.    ♦ amercement, n.    ♦ amerciable, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • amerce — 1 Law punish by fine. 2 punish arbitrarily. Derivatives: amercement n. amerciable adj. Etymology: ME amercy f. AF amercier f. a at + merci MERCY …   Useful english dictionary

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