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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Base-court (Law) An inferior court of law, not of record.
    • Base-court The secondary, inferior, or rear courtyard of a large house; the outer court of a castle.
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  • Albert Einstein
    “Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. basse-cour,. See Base (a.), and Court (n.)


In literature:

There hath been none headed or hanged in the base-court to-day.
"Child Christopher" by William Morris
My conclusions will naturally be based upon the evidence that is laid before the court.
"The Snare" by Rafael Sabatini
As greater security or greater means enabled, offices and constructions of more importance arcse around its base, inclosing a court.
"The Headsman" by James Fenimore Cooper
Base court, where kings grow base, To come at traitors' calls, and do them grace.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Its courts of justice were filled with cruel and base judges.
"Political Pamphlets" by George Saintsbury
Jonathan Floyd in open court had been base enough to accuse Mr. Jennings of the murder.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Each court has bases marked at even distances over its surface, wherein the different players stand.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
But come to the base-court.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
The result was logically based upon prior decisions of the Supreme Court.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Passing under the gatehouse, they came into the Green or Base Court, and here they paused to look about them.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
After the base court was thus won, we assaulted the great castle, which within a while yielded.
"History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II." by James Anthony Froude
An order for the removal of a judge must be based upon a conviction for some specified offence before a court of law.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Never did the history of any court afford such instances of villainy and all the baseness of intrigue as that of the pope's.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Courts on this level are presided over by a panel composed of one judge and two people's assessors; decisions are based on a majority vote.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The sounds of voices were heard in the base-court, and that of George Douglas was pre-eminent.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Justice Story delivered the opinion of the court, and upon this decision all future judgments were based.
"Fugitive Slaves" by Marion Gleason McDougall
There the base Cartismandua, betrayer of Caractacus, held her court?
"A Month in Yorkshire" by Walter White
He says it's a court order from Judge Lorching at Red Butte, based on the claims of that infernal paper railroad!
"The Real Man" by Francis Lynde
Some of the younger men followed the cavalcade on foot through the gate and thence across the Base Court, even as far as the bridge and beyond.
"The Tangled Skein" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
The tower and gateway facing the base court of the castle are apparently co-temporary with the keep.
"Curiousities of Great Britain: England and Wales Delineated Vol. 1" by Thomas Dugdale

In poetry:

Base flesh, with fleshly pleasures gain'd,
Sweet grace's kindly suit declines;
When mercy courts me for its friend,
Anon my sordid flesh repines.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Today, a jury in the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri ruled in Hallmark 's favor on all claims in a case against Monitor Clipper Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm.
But the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals said her appeal could only be heard by the D.C.-based Federal Circuit.
Gbagbo was arrested and transferred to the Hague, Netherlands-based court in November 2011.
A state appeals court has erased a judge's finding that an electronics manufacturer doesn't owe a Racine-based tractor maker damages over defective equipment.
Court Rejects Appeal Based on Sleepy Juror .
3D Systems has announced it is bringing suit in Federal District Court against Formlabs and Kickstarter, seeking injunctive relief and damages for alleged infringement of a patent relating to how the startup's light-based printer operates.
Chicago-based Wanxiang America Corp. Won an auction conducted under the supervision of the US Bankruptcy Court.
This courtroom sketch by artist Janet Hamlin shows 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as he holds up a piece of paper during a court recess at his Military Commissions hearing on October 15, 2012 at the US Navy base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
A joint venture of Israel-based firms has purchased the Metropolis shopping center in Plainfield for $52 million after the 68-acre outdoor mall fell into court-appointed receivership.
Two of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's highest-ranking Air Force commanders could be called to testify on behalf of a pilot facing a court-martial stemming from a training exercise that resulted in the death of an Army paratrooper.
Based on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 's life, the production begins at the court of Austrian Emperor Josef, where Antonio Salieri is the most influential composer until Mozart arrives.
An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a man found guilty of murder based on hearsay testimony.
Unanimously, the Supreme Court overturned the death sentence conviction and said the decision was based on jury misconduct which in addition to the tweeting juror included one who fell asleep in the jury box.
Maryland-based Walther Productions has also filed counterclaims in US District Court in Clarksburg against three companies it hired to handle security.
A ruling will be issued within three days after requests by President Dalia Grybauskaite and the outgoing Parliament, the court, based in Vilnius, the capital, said today on its website.