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1. The offense under English law of appealing to or obeying a foreign court or authority, thus challenging the supremacy of the Crown.
2. The writ charging this offense.
3. The penalty for this offense.
[Short for Middle English premunire facias, a writ of praemunire, from Medieval Latin praemūnīre faciās : praemūnīre, to warn (from Latin, to fortify : prae-, pre- + mūnīre, to defend; see munition) + Latin faciās, that you cause, second person sing. present subjunctive of facere, to do (words used in the writ).]
1. (Law) a writ charging with the offence of resorting to a foreign jurisdiction, esp to that of the Pope, in a matter determinable in a royal court
2. (Law) the statute of Richard II defining this offence
[C14: from the Medieval Latin phrase (in the text of the writ) praemūnīre faciās, literally: that you cause (someone) to be warned in advance, from Latin praemūnīre to fortify or protect in front, from prae in front + mūnīre to fortify; in Medieval Latin the verb was confused with Latin praemonēre to forewarn]
prae•mu•ni•re(ˌpri myuˈnaɪ ri)
the offense of appealing to the authority of a foreign court, esp. that of the pope, and thus questioning the supremacy of the English crown.
[1375–1425; late Middle English, short for Medieval Latin praemūnīre faciās, for Latin praemonēre faciās that you cause (the person specified) to be forewarned, the operative words of the writ]