One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A decree, decision, or verdict of a judge, court, assembly, etc.; (in plural) the proceedings of a court, assembly, etc., (now historical).
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Eliot (fl. 1593). From classical Latin placitum an opinion, belief, (in legal use) an agreed condition, in post-classical Latin also resolution, plan, decision (3rd cent.), agreement, contract, assembly for discussion and decision of matters of state, session of a court, plea, use as noun of neuter past participle of placēre to please.
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