Pronunciation: (prē"myOO-nī'rē), [key]
—n. Eng. Law.
1. a writ charging the offense of resorting to a foreign court or authority, as that of the pope, and thus calling in question the supremacy of the English crown.
2. the offense.
3. the penalty of forfeiture, imprisonment, outlawry, etc., incurred.
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