compter

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compter (plural compters)

  1. (obsolete) A counter. (clarification of this English definition is being sought)
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  2. (historical) A prison attached to a city court; a counter.
    • 2003, John Hamilton Baker, The Oxford History of the Laws of England, Oxford, page 284
      Each sheriff had his own compter, which were both prisons and offices, administered by the respective secondaries.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin computō, to distinguish from the inherited conter.

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Verb[edit]

compter

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to count
  2. (transitive) to reckon, allow
  3. (transitive) to include

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