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1. In early English law, the right of local jurisdiction, generally one of the feudal rights of lordship.
2. The district over which soke jurisdiction was exercised.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn, act of seeking; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Historical Terms) the right to hold a local court
2. (Law) the territory under the jurisdiction of a particular court
[C14: from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn a seeking; see seek]
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n. (in medieval England)
1. the privilege of holding court or collecting fines, considered a right of lordship.
2. a district over which local jurisdiction was exercised.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-Latin soca < Old English sōcn attack, right of prosecution, jurisdiction; akin to sake1, seek]
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