One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK and some other countries) denoting a judge of a superior court inferior in rank to chief justices.
- ‘Another part of it is providing an expatriate puisne judge, and it is important for the justice system that judges of an appropriate standard are appointed there.’
- ‘Application allowed with the costs reserved to court that hears appeal, to be heard by three judges one of whom can be a puisne judge to sit.’
- ‘As a puisne judge I am entitled to disagree with what my colleagues have said, although I would prefer to follow them if I can.’
- ‘I have to say that even if the dicta were obiter, the explanation advanced by the Home Department shows a refreshing courage that many a puisne puny judge, including myself, would lack.’
Late 16th century (as a noun, denoting a junior or inferior person): from Old French, from puis (from Latin postea ‘afterwards’) + ne ‘born’ (from Latin natus). Compare with puny.
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