wager of law

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wager of law

  1. (law, historical) The giving of gage, or sureties, by a defendant in an action of debt, that at a certain day assigned he would take an oath in open court that he did not owe the debt, and at the same time bring with him eleven compurgators who would avow that they believed in their consciences that he spoke the truth.