• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Essoin (Eng. Law) An excuse for not appearing in court at the return of process; the allegation of an excuse to the court.
    • Essoin Excuse; exemption. "From every work he challenged essoin ."
    • v. t Essoin (Eng. Law) To excuse for nonappearance in court. "I 'll not essoin thee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n essoin In old English law, an excuse for not appearing in court to defend an action on the day appointed for that purpose; the alleging of such an excuse.
    • n essoin Excuse; exemption.
    • n essoin One who is excused for non-appearance in court on the day appointed.
    • essoin In law, allowed for the appearance of suitors: an epithet applied to the first, three days of a term, now disused.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Essoin es-soin′ (law) excuse for not appearing in court:
    • n Essoin es-soin′ (Spens.) excuse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. essoine, essoigne, F. exoine, L. essonia, exonia,; pref. ex-,L. ex, from) + sunnis, sunnia, sonia, hindrance, excuse. Cf. Icel. syn, refusal, synja, to deny, refuse, Goth. sunja, truth, sunjōn, to justify, OS. sunnea, impediment, OHG. sunna,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. essoine (Fr. exoine), es—L. ex, out, soin, care.


In literature:

The appellees have not come nor essoined themselves.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The abbot thereupon offered himself several times without any essoin.
"The Chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelond: A Picture of Monastic Life in the Days of Abbot Samson" by Jocelin de Brakelond