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1. An Anglo-Saxon legal system in which units or tithings composed of ten households were formed, in each of which members were held responsible for one another's conduct.
2. A member of a unit in frankpledge.
[Middle English frankplegge, from Anglo-Norman frauncpledge : Old French franc, free, frank; see frank1 + Old French plege, pledge; see pledge.]
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(in medieval England) n
1. (Historical Terms) the corporate responsibility of members of a tithing for the good behaviour of each other
2. (Historical Terms) a member of a tithing
3. (Historical Terms) a tithing itself
[C15: via Anglo-French from Old French franc free (see frank) + plege pledge]
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n. Old Eng. Law.
1. a system of dividing a community into tithings, with each member being responsible for the conduct of others in the group.
2. a member of a tithing.
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