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Mittimus

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mittimus (Law) A precept or warrant granted by a justice for committing to prison a party charged with crime; a warrant of commitment to prison.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mittimus In law:
    • n mittimus A precept or command in writing, given by a justice of the peace or other proper officer, directed to the keeper of a prison, requiring him to receive and hold in safe-keeping an offender charged with a crime until he be delivered by due course of law; a warrant of commitment to prison.
    • n mittimus A writ directing the removal of a suit or of a record from the court granting it to another.
    • n mittimus A dismissal from an office or situation.
    • n mittimus In old English law, a writ by which the sheriff of a county palatine was required to summon a jury from the county for the trial of a cause, the record of which was inclosed or sent (hence the name) with the writ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mittimus mit′i-mus (law) a warrant granted for sending to prison a person charged with a crime: a writ by which a record is transferred out of one court to another: a formal dismissal from a situation.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., we send, fr. mittere, to send
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., 'we send'—mittĕre, to send.

Usage

In literature:

Here, clerk, write this fellow's mittimus.
"The Adventures of Roderick Random" by Tobias Smollett
Whip it into his hands for a mittimus.
"The Short Works of George Meredith" by George Meredith
So make haste with his mittimus.
"Joseph Andrews Vol. 1" by Henry Fielding
Whereat that my mittimus must be made, and I sent to the gaol, there to lie till the quarter sessions.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Associated Words: mittimus, commit, commitment, turnkey, warden, remand, prisoner, convict.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Everard, about nine in the morning, comes, writes my mittimus for the Gate-House, then shews it me: I must be contented.
"William Lilly's History of His Life and Times" by William Lilly
Clerk, make out his mittimus.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
All you need is a kind word and a mittimus from the court.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
I called for a constable, and made a Mittimus to send him to Newgate, thinking he would discover the truth.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
Upon which he was taken to Newgate by a single officer without any mittimus or any express order unto what prison he should be committed.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
He never once took his eyes off Palmer as he read the mittimus.
"The Crime of the Century" by Henry M. Hunt
The magistrate then directed his clerk to make out the mittimus.
"Tried for Her Life" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Make his mittimus to the Hole at Newgate.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
I hae gotten my mittimus.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Fetch me pen and ink somebody, and I'll fill in the mittimus.
"The Wayfarers" by J. C. Snaith
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