Puisne

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Puisne Later in age, time, etc.; subsequent. "A puisne date to eternity."
    • n Puisne One who is younger, or of inferior rank; a junior; esp., a judge of inferior rank. "It were not a work for puisnes and novices."
    • Puisne Puny; petty; unskilled.
    • Puisne (Law) Younger or inferior in rank; junior; associate; as, a chief justice and three puisne justices of the Court of Common Pleas; the puisne barons of the Court of Exchequer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • puisne In law, younger or inferior in rank.
    • puisne Later.
    • puisne Same aspuny, 2.
    • n puisne A junior; an inferior; specifically, in law, a judge of inferior rank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Puisne pū′ne (law) younger or inferior in rank, applied to certain judges in England.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Puny
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. (Fr. puiné), from puis—L. post, after, , pa.p. of naître—L. nasci, natus, to be born.

Usage

In literature:

After being a supernumerary for twelve years, M. Popinot would no doubt die a puisne judge of the Court of the Seine.
"The Commission in Lunacy" by Honore de Balzac
PUISNE, judge of inferior rank, a junior.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
PUISNE, judge of inferior rank, a junior.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
PUISNE, judge of inferior rank, a junior.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
PUISNE, judge of inferior rank, a junior.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
All who had for five years filled the office of puisne judge.
"Considerations on Representative Government" by John Stuart Mill
The puisne of the House of Lords at that time was John Hervey, created Baron and Peer in 1703, from whom is descended the Marquis of Bristol.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Mr. Powell, who, we believe, was then one of the puisne judges, was chief justice of Upper Canada in the year 1817.
"The Life and Correspondence of Sir Isaac Brock" by Ferdinand Brock Tupper
A few days afterwards I received a note from Mr Selwyn, junior, informing me that his father had been made a puisne judge.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
Mr. Baxter, the puisne judge elect, had been attorney-general of New South Wales.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
He took a prominent part in Vane's trial, and was made a puisne judge in 1663.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
There is a Chief Justice (at present absent on leave) and four puisne judges.
"Six Letters From the Colonies" by Robert Seaton
Huant le Puisne, painter, 346.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Appointed puisne judge of Superior Court of Quebec, 1880; transferred to Queen's Bench, 1881.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Mr Justice Field was an excellent puisne judge of the type that attracts but little public attention.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
His rank is that of Senior Puisne Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery - Volume 3 (of 4)" by John Charles Dent
His rank is that of Senior Puisne Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery Volume 3" by John Charles Dent
The supreme court consists of a chief justice and three puisne judges.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
The supreme court consists of a chief justice and two puisne judges, and has various jurisdictions.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various
It consists of the lord chief justice and fourteen puisne judges.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
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