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Law. A witness or accused person who is formally questioned; specifically a deponent. Also: †a person interrogated under torture (obsolete). Compare "examinant". Now historical and rare.
with object Examine.
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin exāminātus, past participle of exāmināre examine<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Knox (c1514–1572), religious reformer. From classical Latin exāmināt-, past participial stem of exāmināre examine.
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