One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Exchequer writ available for an accountant or debtor to the king against anyone indebted to him or herself. Now historical.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman and Law French quominus from classical Latin quō minus so as to prevent, lit. ‘by which the less’ from quō, ablative singular of quid + minus less.
quo minus/ˌkwəʊ ˈmʌɪnəs/
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