Amercement

Definition of Amercement

A`merce´ment
n.1.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 statute for an offense; but an amercement is arbitrary. Hence, the act or practice of affeering. [See Affeer.]
Amercement royal
a penalty imposed on an officer for a misdemeanor in his office.
- Jacobs.

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amerce, fine, library fine, mulct, penalty
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