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Latin. To settle, judgment, case, plea, litigation, defense, accord, agreement, pact, assembly for judgment. An opinion or a judicial decision. A plea. This word is nomen generalissimum, and refers to all the pleas in the case. By placitum is also understood the subdivisions in abridgments and other works, where the point decided in a case is set down, separately, and generally numbered. Placita, is the style of the English courts at the beginning of the record of Nisi Prius; in this sense, placita are divided into pleas of the crown, and common pleas. The word is used by continental writers to signify jurisdictions, judgments, or assemblies for discussing causes. It occurs frequently in the laws of the Longobards, in which there is a title de his qui ad, placitum venire coguntur. The word, it has been suggested, is derived from the German platz, which signifies the same as area facta.


 - n. pl. Placita. A public court or assembly in the Middle Ages, over which the sovereign president when a consultation was held upon affairs of state.


 - (Old Eng. Law) A court, or cause in court.


 - (Law) A plea; ...

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