is pronounced like puny and is derived from French puis né meaning ‘born afterwards’, hence ‘inferior’. A puisne judge is a judge of a superior court inferior in rank to chief justices.

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  • Puisne — (from Old French puisne , modern puîné , later born, inferior; Lat. postea , afterwards, and natus , born) is a term in law meaning inferior in rank. It is pronounced puny, and the word, so spelled, has become an ordinary adjective meaning weak… …   Wikipedia

  • Puisne — Puis ne (p[=u] n[y^]), a. [See {Puny}.] 1. Later in age, time, etc.; subsequent. [Obs.] A puisne date to eternity. Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] 2. Puny; petty; unskilled. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) Younger or inferior in rank; junior;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puisne — index inferior (lower in position) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 puisne …   Law dictionary

  • puisné — Puisné, Puisnée. adj. Cadet. Qui est né depuis un de ses freres, ou une de ses soeurs. C est mon frere puisné. Il est aussi subst. C est mon puisné. vous ne serez pas mariée si tost, vous estes la puisnée. l aisné doit partage à ses puisnez …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Puisne — Puis ne, n. One who is younger, or of inferior rank; a junior; esp., a judge of inferior rank. [1913 Webster] It were not a work for puisnes and novices. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puisné — Puisné, Quasi Post natus, Minor natu …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • puisne — [pyo͞o′nē] Chiefly Brit. adj. [OFr, lit., born later: see PUNY] of lower rank; junior, as in appointment n. an associate justice as distinguished from chief justice …   English World dictionary

  • puisne — adjective Etymology: Anglo French puisné younger more at puny Date: 1688 chiefly British inferior in rank < puisne judge > • puisne noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • puisne — noun /ˈpju.ni/ inferior in rank. A puisne justice of a court is a judge other than the chief justice …   Wiktionary

  • puisne — puis•ne [[t]ˈpyu ni[/t]] adj. law Chiefly Brit. junior in rank: a puisne judge[/ex] • Etymology: 1590–1600; < AF, = OF puis after (< L posteā) +ne born, ptp. of naistre to be born (< L nāscere); cf. puny …   From formal English to slang

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