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From Latin excussus, past participle of excutere (to shake off).


excuss (third-person singular simple present excusss, present participle excussing, simple past and past participle excussed)

  1. To shake off.
  2. (transitive) To examine (a document).
  3. (transitive) To decipher.
  4. (transitive, law) To seize and detain by law.
  5. (law) To proceed against a principal debtor where there are either joint debtors or debtors and sureties.
    The surety claimed relief in terms of the beneficium excussionis, thus obliging the creditor to excuss against the principal debtor.

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