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In French law: a formal charge made against an accused person by a public prosecutor, in which a demand is made for a specific punishment. Also in extended use: an accusatory tract or discourse.
1Of an official document: that expresses or conveys a request or demand. Frequently as postpositive, especially in "letter requisitory".
2Capable of making a requisition. Now rare.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Aikin (1747–1822), physician and writer. From French réquisitoire request, demand, accusatory discourse, use as noun of réquisitoire requisitory<br>late Middle English. Originally from Anglo-Norman requisitorie from classical Latin requisit-, past participial stem of requīrere + Anglo-Norman -orie. In later use from requisit- + -ory.
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