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

    In French law. An act or instrument in writing which contains the reasons why a party in a civil suit or a person accused, who has been summoned, agreeably to the requisitions of a decree, does not appear. Poth. Proc. Crim. ยง 3, art 3. The same as "Essoin," (q. v.)