- A money penalty in the nature of a fine imposed by statute upon a sheriff or like officer for misconduct or neglect of duty, the object of the statute being to insure promptness and fidelity to duty and to furnish the plaintiff an opportunity to collect in a speedy manner his debt, damages, and costs. 47 Am J1st Sher § 187. A pecuniary penalty prescribed by a court as a punishment for a public offense. See 4 BI Comm 379. A fine imposed by the court upon an unsuccessful plaintiff for making a false claim. See 3 Bl Comm 376.
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Amercement — A*merce ment, n. [OF. amerciment.] The infliction of a penalty at the discretion of the court; also, a mulct or penalty thus imposed. It differs from a fine, in that the latter is, or was originally, a fixed and certain sum prescribed by statute… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
amercement — amerce·ment /ə mərs mənt/ n [Anglo French amerciment, from amercier to fine, from Old French a merci at one s mercy]: a fine or damages imposed at the discretion of the court Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 … Law dictionary
amercement — fine (see under PENALIZE) … New Dictionary of Synonyms
Amercement — An amercement is a financial penalty in English law, common during the Middle Ages, imposed either by the court or by peers. While it is often synonymous with a fine, it differs in that a fine is a fixed sum prescribed by statute and was often… … Wikipedia
Amercement — 1) A financial penalty inflicted at the MERCY of the king or his justices for various minor offences. The offender is said to be IN MERCY and the monies paid to the crown to settle the matter is called amercement (See also Fine). 2) Sum paid to… … Medieval glossary
amercement — See amerceable. * * * ▪ English law in English law, an arbitrary financial penalty, formerly imposed on an offender by his peers or at the discretion of the court or the lord. Although the word has become practically synonymous with “fine,” … Universalium
Amercement — Amerce|ment [ə mə:smənt] das; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. amercement zu to emerce »(be)strafen«> (veraltet) Geldbuße, Geldstrafe (Rechtsw.) … Das große Fremdwörterbuch
amercement — /amarsmant/ A money penalty in the nature of a fine imposed upon an officer for some misconduct or neglect of duty. Sherman v. Upton, Inc., S.D., 242 N.W.2d 666, 667. At common law, it was assessed by the peers of the delinquent, or the affeerors … Black's law dictionary
amercement — noun see amerce … New Collegiate Dictionary
amercement — noun A non statutory monetary penalty or forfeiture … Wiktionary
Amercement — The imposition by a lord of a discretionary penalty; later the penalty itself. The greatest imposer of amercements was the king; they were a royal fine. *Magna Carta deals with such royal penalties. Thus, ch. 20 states of freemen: A free man… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases