Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The exhaustion of remedies against the principal before suing the surety.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil law. A diligent prosecution of a remedy against a debtor; the exhausting of a remedy against a principal debtor, before resorting to his sureties. Translated "discussion," (q. v.) In old English law. Rescue or rescous. Spelman.