Definitions for mainprise
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a writ directed to the sheriff, commanding him to take sureties, called mainpernors, for the prisoner's appearance, and to let him go at large. This writ is now obsolete
deliverance of a prisoner on security for his appearance at a day
to suffer to go at large, on his finding sureties, or mainpernors, for his appearance at a day; -- said of a prisoner
Origin: [F. main hand + prise a taking, fr. prendre, p. p. pris to take, fr. L. prehendere, prehensum.]
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