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n. Law
a. A judicial inquest, the writ by which it is instituted, or the verdict of the jurors.
b. A decree or edict rendered at such an inquest.
2. assizes
a. One of the periodic court sessions formerly held in each of the counties of England and Wales for the trial of civil or criminal cases.
b. The time or place of such sessions.

[Middle English assise, from Old French, from past participle of asseoir, to seat, from Latin assidēre, to sit beside; see assiduous.]


1. (Law) (in the US)
a. a sitting of a legislative assembly or administrative body
b. an enactment or order of such an assembly
2. (Law) English history a trial or judicial inquest, the writ instituting such inquest, or the verdict
3. (Law) Scots law
a. trial by jury
b. another name for jury1
[C13: from Old French assise session, from asseoir to seat, from Latin assidēre to sit beside; see assess]



1. Usu., assizes. (in England) trial sessions, civil or criminal, held periodically by a high court.
2. an action, verdict, etc., of an assize.
3. an inquest or other judicial inquiry.
4. an enactment by a legislative assembly.
5. a statute for the regulation and control of weights and measures or prices of general commodities in the market.
[1250–1300; Middle English asise < Old French: session, seat, n. use of feminine of asis, past participle of aseeir to sit, settle < Latin assidēre to sit by]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assize - the regulation of weights and measures of articles offered for sale
ordinance, regulation - an authoritative rule
2.assize - an ancient writ issued by a court of assize to the sheriff for the recovery of property
judicial writ, writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"


The formal product of a legislative or judicial body:
References in classic literature ?
Such lawing also shall be done by the assize commonly used, and which is, that three claws shall be cut off without the ball of the right foot.
It may be that your name is being called even at this very moment at the Great Assize.
If the country folks of those assize towns on his circuit could see him now
The detective sat down at a desk quietly, and even without hesitation; but his eye was the iron eye of a judge at assize.
But when, at the Assize Court, he brought in the key to the whole case, he did not tell the whole truth.
They believed that foreigners were always immoral; and though they had an occasional assize at home, and now and then a divorce case or so, that had nothing to do with it.
Whether he could rush to the next assizes, and proclaim himself a lawyer?
He spoke to him as before, over his shoulder and in the same tone of voice, rather high, so that all the room might hear, but perfectly calm and steady: "If you do not put that knife this instant in your pocket, I promise, upon my honour, you shall hang at the next assizes.
Suzanne took the bag and departed, after allowing the old bachelor to kiss her, which he did with an air that seemed to say, "It is a right which costs me dear; but it is better than being harried by a lawyer in the court of assizes as the seducer of a girl accused of infanticide.
I had speedy proofs that the excellent abbe was engaged in my behalf, for the rigors of my imprisonment were alleviated by many trifling though acceptable indulgences, and I was told that my trial was to be postponed to the assizes following those now being held.
Hetty's trial must come on at the Lent assizes, and they were to be held at Stoniton the next week.
I know what it is, for Mr Musgrove always attends the assizes, and I am so glad when they are over, and he is safe back again.